NEW CONCORD -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team was unable to close out Muskingum University on a snowy Saturday. After tying the game with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation, the Muskies stayed hot in overtime, beating the Berg, 89-83.
Muskingum improved to 7-8 on the year, 3-5 in the OAC. The Student Princes fell to 5-10, 3-5.
Alex Arellano had nine points and 10 rebounds.
A balanced offense and strong defense during the first half was the key to an 11-point spread at the intermission for the Student Princes. Dylan Woods and Prewitt each had six points, while Tayte Lentz and Phariz Watkins each tallied five. Defensively, the Berg collected 23 rebounds, including six by Connor Hutchison and five by Alex Arellano. Arellano also collected two blocks in the first stanza.
With the score knotted at nine early on, Heidelberg put together a 14-4 run to explode out to a 10-point margin with just over six minutes remaining in the half. The Muskies would cut that to within five, but Heidelberg answered back building their 11-point lead before the intermission, capped by a late Phariz Watkins 3-ball.
Heidelberg led by as many as 16 in the second half before the Muskies swam back.
Up 74-71 with less than 12 seconds left, Watkins missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Muskies pounced on the rebound and moved up court. Unable to get an open look at a 3-pointer, they opted to call timeout with 1.8 to play. The inbound came to Trey Singleton, who buried a fade-away 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.
In overtime, the Muskies held an 84-80 lead with 1:30 to play. After a Berg timeout, Myron Prewitt faced up a look from three, but unfortunately, his shot clanked off the rim. After another missed opportunity, the Muskies broke the high pressure and hit a fast break layup to all but ice the game. Myron Prewitt capped off the game with a layup at the buzzer, but it proved to be too-little, too-late as the Muskies ran out 89-83 winners.
For Muskingum, Devon Peart tallied 34 points, while Trey Singleton collected 20. Peart also led the way with nine rebounds for the opponent.
Heidelberg was able to win the battle on the glass hauling in 45 rebounds compared to the Muskies' 42.
Over the game, Heidelberg outshot Muskingum 44% to 43%, but were edged at the free throw line. The hosts were 24-of-33 from the line, while the Student Princes were only 8-of-12.
The Berg will be back home on Wednesday as they welcome Capital University to Seiberling Gymnasium. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. Additionally, the game will be featured as the OAC game of the week and broadcasted on WTTF AM-1600.