Moxley's career-high leads MBB to win

Chris Moxley (Heidelberg Athletics)
Chris Moxley (Heidelberg Athletics)

WILMINGTON, Ohio -- A career-high 33-point performance by junior Chris Moxley bolstered the Heidelberg University men's basketball team to a 103-101 overtime win over Wilmington College on Saturday afternoon. The win snaps a seven-game losing skid for the Student Princes.

Desperate for a win, the Student Princes had five players finish in double-figures. Moxley led all-scorers with his 33 points. DeAvery Collins added 16 points, while Kiere Bennie scored 14 points.

Andrew Grothouse scored 13 points for HU, going 3 of 4 from three. Michael Davis added 12 points with his 3 of 3 from beyond the arc performance. Both Grothouse and Davis came off the bench for the Tricolor.

A clutch Grothouse three with 20 seconds left in overtime pulled the Student Princes ahead 101-99. Wilmington answered with a dunk in transition, tying the game at 101 with 11 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Moxley drove to the basket, and the WC defense was whistled for a foul. Moxley nailed both free throw attempts with 2.8 seconds remaining, giving the visitors a two-point advantage. On the Wilmington inbound attempt, a HU defender was able to knock the ball away, and the loose ball rolled away as time expired for the Heidelberg victory.

"I'm so proud of each one of our guys," said head coach Andy Bucheit. "We are starting to see some things come together, gaining some confidence."

Trailing 18-13 early in the first half, Heidelberg used a 24-5 run to pull ahead 37-23 with 8:39 before the break. A Moxley triple ignited the HU run. Layups from Moxley and Bennie, along with a pair of Bennie free throws gave the Berg a 22-20 advantage.

Moxley's three-point play followed by a Collins triple gave HU an eight-point lead with 10:25 before halftime.

The Student Princes drained 3-pointers on their next three possessions -- two coming from Davis and one by freshman Malik Quisenberry to cap off the Heidelberg run and take a 37-23 lead.

The Quakers chipped away at the Berg lead for the rest of the half, cutting it to 47-46, but could not regain the lead before the end of the first half. A layup and a jumper from Prince Benson gave the visitors a 51-46 lead at intermission.

A 9-0 Wilmington run turned a two-point deficit into a 63-56 lead with 13:16 remaining.

Two Moxley free throws brought Heidelberg to within three at 68-65 with 11:24 left in regulation. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the second half, with neither team holding more than a four-point lead.

WC's Nathan Scott hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining to give the Quakers an 87-83 edge. Bennie hit a pair of free throws to bring the Student Princes to within two points with 18 seconds to play.

After Wilmington missed two free throws, Moxley made a layup with six seconds remaining to knot the score at 87. A Quaker 3-point attempt failed at the buzzer, sending the game into the Berg's second straight overtime game.

The teams traded baskets throughout overtime, before the Grothouse 3-pointer set up the Student Prince win.

NOTES & QUOTES

"I'm excited to continue working with this group," said Bucheit. "We can't be any happier for them."

Heidelberg shot 56% from the floor -- their best performance since a Nov. 30 win over Trine.

Wilmington scored 36 points off of 27 Heidelberg turnovers. The Quaker bench outscored HU 52-30.

The Student Princes have now won five straight games over Wilmington.

Scott led the Quakers with 27 points while Christian added 18 points in the losing effort.

Moxley's 33 points are the most since Deonte Holder had 36 points in a double-overtime loss at John Carroll University in 2014. Bennie had a 31-point night at Westminster early in the 2015-16 season.

With his 14 points, Bennie is now 16 points away from reaching the 1,000 point mark -- the first Student Prince since Nate Davis in 2013.

UP NEXT

Heidelberg returns home on Wednesday for a matchup with Baldwin Wallace (8-8, 3-6 OAC). Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.