TIFFIN -- Despite a career-high 30 points from sophomore Myron Prewitt, the Heidelberg University men's basketball team fell to No. 13 Marietta College, 103-90. Having trailed by as many as 18, the Student Princes got to within six in the second half, but were unable hold back the high-powered Pioneer offense.
Prewitt's 30 points bested his previous career high of 22 set in the season-opening win against Bethel College. Prewitt was 13-of-18 from the floor (72.2%).
Kiere Bennie added 18 points and DeAvery Collins contributed 13 points in the losing effort.
After ten minutes of the two teams trading buckets, Marietta took advantage of HU turnovers -- going on a 17-4 run to take a 29-16 lead midway through the first half.
A three by Michael Davis cut the Heidelberg deficit to 29-20, but the Pioneers answered at the other end with a triple from RaNeal Ewing.
With the Pioneers holding a 16-point lead with just under three minutes before the break, HU used a big run and the 3-ball to cut the deficit to seven points at the half.
A triple from Davis at the wing cut the MC lead to 13 points. Following a stop, Collins missed a 3-point attempt. Davis grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to Bennie in the corner. Bennie drained the three and cut the score to 47-37.
Following a missed free throw by Prewitt, CJ Marshall hustled for the rebound. Marshall found freshman Malik Quisenberry who hit a jumper as time expired. The Pioneers took a 49-42 lead into intermission.
Midway through the second half, the Pioneers had opened up a 16-point lead at 76-60 ... then Prewitt took over. Starting with a layup at the 9:11 mark, Prewitt scored 15 straight HU points over a stretch of 4:41. With the Student Princes down 11 with 4:04 to play, he drove the right side of the lane, and dished out to Collins for an open 3-pointer in the corner.
After a Pioneer timeout, Prewitt was whistled for a defensive foul in the paint -- his fifth.
"Myron had a phenomenal night for us," said head coach Andy Bucheit. "He could not be stopped, and the only answer they had was him fouling out."
While the Student Princes would hit a 3-pointer on the next possession after the disqualification, it seemed as though the Heidelberg momentum had been halted.
The Pioneers hit eight free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. Marietta had five in double-figures, led by a 22-point afternoon by Anthony Wallace.
"There were some great things that happened tonight from a lot of different guys," said Bucheit. "We're proud of the effort, but we need to take that next step to beat the top teams in the conference."
Heidelberg will travel to Ohio Northern (14-7, 12-2 OAC) on Wednesday. Tip off in Ada is slated for 7 p.m.