TAMPA, Fla. -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team closed out 2017 with a 69-65 victory over DePauw -- winning the Tampa Bay Shootout. James Hanley was named tournament MVP after hitting on 5-of-7 3-pointers over the two-day event.
Heidelberg improved to 6-5 overall, while DePauw slipped to 3-8. The Berg's win snapped the Tigers' stretch of nine Tampa Bay Shootout titles in a row.
The contest was tight throughout -- with neither team amassing more than an eight-point cushion. There were 14 lead changes and nine ties throughout the course of the game.
HU went into halftime with a 30-27 lead because of a Prewitt 3-pointer at the horn. The basket was one of Kiere Bennie's team-high five assists on the day.
The Tigers led 47-42 with 11:40 to play before Davey Hipp ignited a modest 15-7 run with a 3-pointer. The spell was capped by a Prewitt layup that gave the Tricolor a 57-54 lead with just under seven minutes to play.
Down a point with under three, Hanley dialed up a 3-pointer off a feed from Connor Hutchison, giving The Berg a 62-60 lead. Later, with his team up a point, Chris Moxley buried a trey with 55 seconds left.
Trailing 67-63, the Tigers cut the deficit in half with a layup with 37 seconds left. A Berg offensive foul gave the Tigers a chance to tie, but a jumper was off the mark. Prewitt hauled in the board, then sealed the game with a pair of free throws.
"This was a great college basketball game today. Both teams made winning plays. Our young men showed poise down the stretch to secure the victory," said Heidelberg head coach Andy Bucheit. "Our team did a great job executing after the half with our adjustments, especially our upperclassmen in the last two minutes."
After trading in 60-degree temperatures for six inches of snow, Heidelberg will open up the new year with a conference matchup with the high-scoring Blue Streaks of John Carroll University (9-2, 3-1). Tipoff in Tiffin will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.