TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team opened OAC action with a 99-85 win over Otterbein University. Point guard Chris Moxley led the charge with 25 points on the afternoon.
The Student Princes jumped to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the OAC. Otterbein, still in search of its first win, dropped to 0-7, 0-2.
Kiere Bennie scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Myron Prewitt recorded his sixth career double-double. Off the bench, sophomore Alex Arellano tallied 11 points.
The Student Princes opened up a 10-point lead when Myron Prewitt hit a layup after three offensive rebounds on the possession. The bucket came at 12:59 and gave HU a 16-6 advantage.
Heidelberg maintained a comfortable cushion throughout much of the first half until a rash of turnovers allowed the Cardinals a chance to peck away at the lead. Otterbein got to within three at 36-33 with four minutes to play in the period.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by James Hanley and Prewitt and points in the paint by Kiere Bennie and Prince Benson helped the hosts regain a sizable lead at 46-33. A Chris moxley jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer gave Heidelberg a 48-35 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Cardinals began to dial it up from long range, closing to within two, 62-60, with 12:00 left.
Undeterred, Heidelberg would outscore Otterbein 23-10 over the next seven minutes -- getting out to an 85-70 lead.
Otterbein regained its form from distance, and was able to cut the lead under 10 with 3:33 to play. Back-to-back three-point plays by Moxley helped quell the Cardinals momentum.
HU secured its eighth straight win over Otterbein, dating back to 2014.
Heidelberg scored 48 of its 99 points in the paint and outrebounded the Cardinals, 42-28.
"We weren't focused with our mental approach, we're much better than 20 turnovers a game," said head coach Andy Bucheit. "Otterbein is a really tough group and they competed."
Bucheit on the play of Moxley and Prewitt: "Moxley had a great night and was really efficient offensively … It was nice to see Prewitt have a pretty complete game both offensively and on the glass."
Heidelberg will resume play on Dec. 9 at Wilmington. Tipoff with the Quakers is scheduled for 2 p.m.