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.
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.