- Myron Prewitt scored 22 points and tallied 10 rebounds in loss
- JCU's Jackson Sartain was 8-of-9 from 3-point range
- The loss forces HU into a win-and-get-help scenario in order to make OAC tourney
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- Myron Prewitt's eighth career double-double was not enough to propel the Heidelberg University men's basketball team to victory on the road. HU lost to No. 18 John Carroll University, 91-78. Prewitt had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The defeat complicates Heidelberg's postseason aspirations. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Student Princes (10-14, 6-11) sit one game back of the eighth and final spot in next week's Ohio Athletic Conference tournament. Heidelberg will need a win and help to advance -- though the exact scenarios are contingent on the results of all five conference games on Saturday.
Heidelberg took the energy out of the home crowd early with an 8-0 run, keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Kiere Bennie and Myron Prewitt. JCU answered with Jackson Sartain. Sartain scored 20 points in the first half, including two 3-pointers early -- which cut the HU lead to 8-6.
Both teams shot well from long range throughout the seesaw first half. The Student Princes took a 38-32 lead with four minutes to play in the first half before JCU closed the frame on an 11-0 run. The hosts led 43-38 at the break.
The Blue Streaks maintained the momentum into the second half, as they opened up a nine-point lead. Undaunted, The Berg responded with a 13-2 run, highlighted by two treys from Jimmy Hanley.
JCU enjoyed a modest lead until Sartain got hot from long range again. He helped the hosts gain separation with two 3-pointers midway through the half. Heidelberg would only get to within six on a few occasions before the Blue Streaks pulled away for the 91-78 victory. Sartain finished with a game-high 26 points on an unworldly 9-of-10 from the floor (8-of-9 from beyond the arc).
Heidelberg won the rebounding battle 46-43, but committed 19 turnovers.
The regular season comes to a close on Saturday, as the Student Princes visit Muskingum. The Muskies are 7-10 in the OAC and need a win to clinch a spot in the tournament. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.