TIFFIN -- Once again, the Heidelberg University men's basketball team was forced to play catch-up. After digging themselves into a 20-point hole, the Student Princes fought back to within six.
Heidelberg (0-4, 0-1) dropped their OAC opener at home to Wilmington College (4-1, 1-0) by a final score of 89-81.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Cold shooting by Heidelberg and an impressive 67% three point shooting by Wilmington saw the Berg trailing by as many as 18 points throughout the first half, including a 12-0 run midway through the period forcing the score to 21-5.
After a much needed rest, Phariz Watkins provided the spark for Heidelberg to begin to fight back into the game. He scored seven of his team-high 13 first-half points over the last four minutes. The Berg continued to feed the hot hand, but Watkins' buzzer-beater three point attempt caught front rim and fell out.
Wilmington's dominant success on the three-pointer continued to stretch the gap and resulted in a halftime score in favor of the Quakers at 47-33.
Heidelberg struggled to build much momentum early in the second half as Wilmington stretched their lead to as many as 20. Still trailing 84-70, with just 2:44 left in the game, Josh Dixon hit a reverse layup. Before the inbounds pass, Prewitt drew a foul and was sent to the line for two shots. He hit both freebies bringing the Student Princes within 10.
Watkins' big three-point play late on put the Berg within six, but proved to be too-little-too-late as the Quakers stormed out with the 89-81 win.
FOR THE OPPONENT:
DaeShawn Jackson piled on 18 points for the Quakers as he shot a perfect 6-6 in the first 20 minutes. Over the course of the game Jackson finished with 28 points.
Kevin Lewis collected 20 points for the Quakers.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Prewitt tallied his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Watkins led the Berg with 22 points. Woods chipped in with 18 of his own - a new career-high. Dixon also reached double-digits with 10 points.
Heidelberg out-rebounded the Quakers 43-38, led by Prewitt's 12 and Jimmy Hanley's 10.
The Student Princes shot just 58% from the free throw stripe to make matters tougher.
Heidelberg's 18 offensive rebounds proved to be important, as the Tricolor collected 25 second-chance points on the afternoon.
The Student Princes will host Otterbein University a week from today on December 8, for a 3 p.m. tip.