MBB: Prew's 22 not enough at JCU

(Doug Sampson / File Photo)
(Doug Sampson / File Photo)
  • 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.

Four Student Princes finished in double figures at JCU. In addition to Prewitt's 22, Chris Moxley scored 16, Kiere Bennie scored 15, and James Hanley scored 11. Prince Benson added nine rebounds.

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.