MBB: Berg edged at Otterbein

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson

WESTERVILLE -- After the impending Saturday forecast altered the weekend OAC basketball schedule, the Heidelberg University were dropped on the road at Otterbein University Friday evening.

The Cardinals (6-11, 3-7 OAC) pulled off a 92-88 victory on the back of 62% 3-point shooting. The Student Princes (6-11, 4-6), were led by a dominant 27-point night by Dylan Woods, but couldn't muster a complete comeback.

Woods' 27 points marked a new career-high for the sophomore guard, and also set a first career 20-point game.

Josh Dixon also hit a career-high for the Berg with 21 points. Jimmy Hanley contributed an additional 15 points for the Tricolor.

As much the case in Wednesday night's thrilling win over Capital, Heidelberg exchanged buckets with the Cardinals for much of the first half. With just six minutes remaining the teams were deadlocked at 25. The Cardinals then went ahead quickly by six points.

Over the next four minutes, the Student Princes strung together a 14-4  run of their own to go ahead by four with just over a minute left in the first half. With the Berg up by five, Otterbein hit two consecutive shots, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Cardinals into the break ahead by one.

Across the first half, Dylan Woods, Josh Dixon, and Jimmy Hanley combined for 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting -- a 72% clip.

The Cardinals utilized a 15-7 run to start the second half and built out a nine point lead. From there, the Student Princes fought to stay in the game.

Down 10 with six and a half minutes remaining, Heidelberg hit back to back threes off the hands of Jimmy Hanley and Tayte Lentz to close the gap to four.

Myron Prewitt made sure to keep the Student Princes in the game on a 3-pointer -- his first bucket of the game -- after Maurice Beavers connected on a three of his own for Otterbein.

Beavers then responded with a jump shot, before Josh Dixon hit a pair of free throws to keep things interesting with just 1:20 remaining.

Fighting to close the gap, Heidelberg relied on two layups from Prewitt and Hanley and another pair of freebies from Dixon. Unfortunately, the Student Princes were undone as Otterbein iced the game with two free throws with 11 seconds on the clock.

Heidelberg dominated the rebounding category, 38-29, including 13 offensive boards compared to Otterbein's four.

Even on field goals made, Otterbein's advantage in the end came on 16 made three-pointers. The Student Princes made every effort to stay in it with 13 makes from beyond the arc of their own.

For Otterbein, Austin Springer led the way with 22 points, supported by Jay Joseph's 19, Maurice Beavers' 17, and Justin Carter's 16.

The Student Princes will enjoy a long weekend before they return back to Seiberling Gymnasium where they host Baldwin Wallace University on Wednesday evening. Heidelberg will hope to avenge a 100-78 loss at BW earlier this season.