Men's basketball wins third straight

Men's basketball wins third straight

WILMINGTON -- Bolstered by a 24-point day by junior Myron Prewitt, the Heidelberg University men's basketball team stayed unbeaten in conference play with a 98-87 win at Wilmington College on Saturday. The Student Princes devastated the Quakers with a 30-3 first half run en route to the win.

Heidelberg moved to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in OAC action. Wilmington fell to 3-5 overall, 0-3 in the conference.

Prewitt had eight rebounds to go with his season-high 24 points, which came on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from long distance. Kiere Bennie was an efficient 7-of-10 for 19 points. Prince Benson had a career-high 14 points.

Down 15-12 with 11:24 left in the first half, the Student Princes embarked on a slow, methodical 30-3 run that took nearly nine minutes of play. The onslaught showcased Heidelberg's balanced offense, with eight different players making a basket.

Heidelberg shot over 60% from the floor in the period and opened up a 47-24 lead.

The Student Princes were unable to maintain momentum over halftime and the hosts jumped back into the game. After Wilmington closed to within 15 less than four minutes into the second half, Benson and Prewitt combined for a mini 5-0 run. The boost helped HU regain momentum.

Throughout the remainder of the period, the teams traded baskets -- but Wilmington was unable to get the deficit under 10.

"Once again, we did a great job competing for 40 minutes, handling adversity in a tough environment," said Heidelberg Head Coach Andy Bucheit. "Wilmington is well coached and plays extremely hard. Our guys were ready to go from the jump and we are extremely proud of their execution today."

Prewitt's 24 points were his most since a 30-point effort against Marietta last year. As a team, Heidelberg shot an even 60% as a team and hit 10-of-14 from beyond the arc.

Wilmington got 27 points from Christian Jones and 21 points from Andrew Russell.

Heidelberg resumes play on Thursday, as they host nationally-ranked Baldwin Wallace. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.