- Chris Moxley scores his 1,000th career point in a 86-65 loss to John Carroll
- HU concludes season in the first round of the OAC Tournament
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team could not hold on to an early lead as they fell at John Carroll University, 86-65. Heidelberg, playing as the No. 8 seed in the OAC Tournament fell to the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals.
Senior Chris Moxley finished his career by becoming the 31st player in Heidelberg history to reach the 1,000 point mark. Moxley connected on a corner 3-pointer in the second half to reach the milestone. He finished with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds.
Junior Myron Prewitt added 13 points and six boards in the losing effort.
Heidelberg started the game on an explosive 20-4 run. The Student Princes drained four triples during the run, including three straight off the left hand of Moxley. The Berg could not hold on to the big lead, as the No. 1 ranked Blue Streaks fought their way back.
With 4:41 before halftime, JCU's Ryan Berger sank a three to cut the Heidelberg lead to 26-23. Prewitt answered on the next possession with a wide open three from the wing to extend HU's lead back to six points.
John Carroll capitalized off Heidelberg misses to tie the game at 34 with 1:17 until halftime. The home team split a pair of free throws to hold a one point advantage. As the final seconds of the half ticked down, JCU made a layup off a Heidelberg turnover as time expired to take a 37-34 lead into the locker room.
The home team came out of the intermission padding its lead against the Student Princes. With just under 11 minutes to play, John Carroll's Greg Parella knocked down a three to push the Blue Streak lead to double digits.
The Berg chipped away at the JCU lead, but could not cut the score to less than seven points. John Carroll secured the victory off a Ryan Berger 3-pointer with six minutes to play, giving the home team a 71-56 lead.
Heidelberg committed 21 turnovers in the game, where the Blue Streaks were able to score 19 points off of them. Despite being outsized down low, John Carroll tallied eight blocks.
JCU's sharp-shooting proved to be a key difference. The Blue Streaks were a solid 51% from the floor and 50% from three, while Heidelberg was 36% from the floor and 29% from deep.
With seven points, Kiere Bennie concludes his spectacular career with 1,482 career points -- making him the fifth highest scorer in HU basketball history.
The Berg concludes its season with an 11-15 record.