MBB: Student Princes swoop past the Cardinals

(Photos by Brennan Izzo)
(Photos by Brennan Izzo)

TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team made a statement, only trailing on the first bucket of the game before leading the last 37 minutes en route to their first win of the season.

The Berg (1-4, 1-1) knocked off fellow OAC opponent Otterbein University (2-6, 0-3) by a final score of 87-76.

Heidelberg saw a fairly balanced offense over the game, led by Myron Prewitt's fourth double double of the season as he finished with a game-high 19 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.

Dylan Woods contributed a solid 17 points off the bench, while Josh Dixon and Phariz Watkins each collected 10 points a piece. In a first career start, freshman Coby Kelly collected a career-high six points and five assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Otterbein's only lead of the game came on their first possession of the game on a jumper by jake Justice. After 1:32 of scoreless basketball, Heidelberg finally collected their first bucket on a Watkins's layup.

After knotting the score at two, the Student Princes took the lead on a 10 point swing - their best scoring run of the game - sparked by a Prewitt layup with 17:30 left in the first half. The Berg extended their lead on a three-pointer by Connor Hutchison, who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a lengthy injury.

Furthermore, freshman Seth Hohman connected on his first collegiate bucket as he nailed a three-pointer during his first shift of the night in a career-high 16 minutes on the floor.

Heidelberg dominated much of the first period, but couldn't shake the Cardinals until late on as they built up their largest lead of the ball game with 2:57 left in the frame at 14 points on Myron Prewitt's three-pointer.

The Student Princes managed to carry a 37-28 lead into the break on 40% shooting from the floor.

An even better second-half was in store for the Berg as the team shot 46% connecting on 30 attempts.

Otterbein's best scoring run of the game came on a 8-0 swing midway through the second frame, after they closed the gap to just three points. The run sparked a team timeout for Heidelberg, which saw the Cardinals' Nick Koontz earn a technical foul for taunting. Out of the break, Phariz Watkins split the free-throws to keep the Berg in firm control of the lead.

Another career night was in store for freshman Curt Jacobs, as he shot 3-4 from deep for nine total points. His biggest bucket of the came with 4:49 left in the second-half extending Heidelberg's five point lead to 75-67, all but finishing off the Cardinal's comeback attempts.

In a desperate attempt to stay in the game late on, the Cardinals sent the Berg to the free throw line 16 times after not having a single attempt in the first half. The Student Princes connected on 14 of of those freebies at the stripe.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Maurice Beavers led the Cardinals with 16 points, while Jay Joseph collected 15 and Koontz added 12. Connor Clark hauled down a team-high eight boards defensively.

INSIDE THE BOX:

The Student Princes were aided by 39 bench points, opposed to Otterbein's 30.

Heidelberg force 22 turnovers, including 11 steals. The Berg was able to convert those turnovers for 26 points.

UP NEXT:

The Tricolor is back in action on the road at Mount Union for a 3 p.m. start time on Saturday, December 15.