TIFFIN -- On his Senior Day, DeAvery Collins shined as the Heidelberg University men's basketball team defeated Muskingum University, 97-82. Collins scored 15 points for HU as they improve to 11-14, 7-11 OAC. The Muskies slip to 13-12, 7-11 in conference action.
Kiere Bennie added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Student Princes. Prince Benson tied a career-high with 11 points off the bench. Sophomore CJ Marshall scored a career-high 10 points and had three assists.
The Muskies made three of four 3-point attempts en route to a quick 11-2 lead after four minutes of play. Collins drained a triple from the wing, stopping the Muskingum momentum.
Marshall provided HU a much-needed momentum swing midway through the first half. Trailing 25-21, Marshall hit a three from the corner to pull the Berg within one. With Heidelberg pressing, Marshall intercepted a Muskingum pass and found Connor Hutchison for an easy bucket.
On the other end, Marshall swatted the ball out of a Muskingum player's hand and the loose ball found freshman Malik Quisenberry. Quisenberry connected with Marshall for two points, giving the home team a 28-25 lead with just under seven minutes before the half.
With the score knotted at 37, Collins drained another 3-pointer from the wing to give the Student Princes a 40-37 lead with 1:23 until the break.
On the ensuing possession, Benson -- a sophomore -- followed suit with a triple, pushing the Berg lead to six points, where it would remain at halftime.
After Jalen Paige nailed a three to cut the Heidelberg lead to two points, Kiere Bennie answered at the other end. Bennie's three combined with a three-point play from Myron Prewitt gave HU a 51-43 lead with 16:07 remaining.
Heidelberg took their first double-digit lead with just over 14 minutes left. Triples from Quisenberry and Andrew Grothouse moved the score to 59-48.
Muskingum went on a quick 10-1 run -- which was halted by Prewitt. A jumper and a thunderous dunk off a lob from Collins brought the Tricolor lead to 64-58 with 11:25 remaining.
Clinging to a four point lead, Collins gave Heidelberg a 67-60 advantage with 10 minutes to play. Collins hit the shot off a feed from junior point guard Chris Moxley.
Paige hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the Heidelberg lead to four points with under four minutes remaining. The Berg answered once again with layups by Mike Mason and Marshall.
A Prewitt jumper with 1:30 to play gave Heidelberg a 10-point advantage -- and sealed the Senior Day win for the Student Princes.
Both teams shot 50% from beyond the arc (HU 12-14, MU 14-28).
The Berg scored 23 points off 16 Muskingum turnovers.
"Tonight we showed up for 40 minutes and we saw what we're capable of," said head coach Andy Bucheit. "I was proud of the way we went out and competed against a well-coached team."
Bucheit on Collins' contributions to the program: "DeAvery has been so big for our program ... It was great that we could honor him tonight and send him out with a win."
Heidelberg will enter the OAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed. They will travel to No. 1 seed Marietta College (21-4, 16-2) on Tuesday. Due to the Marietta women's team hosting their tournament game, HU game time is scheduled for approximately 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $12.00, non-OAC student tickets are $5.00, and senior tickets (62 and over) are $8.00. OAC student admission is free.