Men's basketball upset bid falls short

Men's basketball upset bid falls short

TIFFIN -- Poor free throw shooting cost the Heidelberg University men's basketball team an upset, as the team fell 89-85 in a matinee to Wittenberg University. Heidelberg shot just 53% (9-17) from the charity stripe in the losing effort.

Heidelberg drops its third straight, falling to 4-5. Wittenberg remains unbeaten, moving to 9-0.

All five Heidelberg starters recorded double-digits. Kiere Bennie poured in a game-high 23 points.

Myron Prewitt added 14 points and eight rebounds, while James Hanley tallied 12 points and grabbed eight boards. Chris Moxley and Prince Benson each had 10 points as Moxley dished out seven assists.

After Wittenberg cut the HU lead to 22-19, Hanley and Moxley nailed back-to-back triples to extend the Student Prince advantage. Prewitt followed Davey Hipp's three with a jumper to pull Heidelberg ahead by double digits. Moxley drained a three at the buzzer to give the Student Princes a 49-38 lead at the half.

The Tigers opened the second half on a 16-4 run that spanned the first five minutes of the period. Chad Roy's jump shot gave Wittenberg its first lead at 44-43.

Mitchell Balser buried a 3-pointer for Wittenberg, sparking a 9-1 run that left the visitors leading 80-72 with 2:38 to play.

Moxley's jumper with 48 seconds cut the HU deficit to four points. Unable to capitalize on Wittenberg missed free throws, Heidelberg's upset bid came up short.

Wittenberg shot 57% from the floor compared to Heidelberg's 47%.

After time off for the holiday, Heidelberg returns to action on Dec. 29 in Tampa, Florida. The Student Princes will take on Mass.-Dartmouth at 7 p.m.