MBB: Student Princes edged at Wilmington

File photo by Doug Sampson
File photo by Doug Sampson

WILMINGTON -- Despite three players reaching double-digit scoring, the Heidelberg University men's basketball team dropped an OAC matchup on the road at Wilmington College by a final tally of 75-72.

Myron Prewitt reached his twelfth double-double of the season with a 15-point, 15-rebound day, but Heidelberg (6-13, 4-8 OAC) was overwhelmed by 42% shooting from 3-point range by the Quakers (12-6, 8-4).  

Along with a slightly superior shooting percentage, Wilmington utilized a much sharper total from the free throw line to build out a 22-12 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Quakers' quick separation was aided by back-to-back 3-pointers by Will Patrick.

Heidelberg did not let the Quakers go easily as they worked to close the gap behind a 3-pointer by Phariz Watkins followed by a Josh Dixon layup to cut the lead to 24-19. Jimmy Hanley made things even more interesting with a dagger of a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to just two points.

Wilmington put a stop to the Berg's momentum and ended the half on a 20-13 run to extend their lead to 44-35. The Quakers shot an electric 10-for-19 from three to hold the upper-hand after 20 minutes of play.

In just 3:10 of play after the break, Heidelberg closed the deficit to just two points on a 9-2 run, highlighted by three consecutive layups by Josh Dixon.

With just over 10 minutes left in the second half, the Student Princes retook the lead for the first time in the second half on a jumper by Myron Prewitt. The play put the Berg up 57-56. The play kickstarted what Heidelberg has become accustomed to -- seesaw scoring -- as they exchanged the lead seven times with the Quakers over the next eight minutes.

As the Quakers eventually garnered their 75-72 lead, Heidelberg was forced to foul with just 24 seconds remaining. DaeShawn Jackson missed both foul shots for the Quakers, giving HU a glimmer of hope.

The first opportunity fell to Dylan Woods who could not convert the contested look from three. Prewitt secured a second opportunity for Heidelberg, which Phariz Watkins failed to convert. Another Prewitt offensive board gave the Berg one last chance. Coming out of a timeout with one second remaining, the Student Princes could not beat the clock as their last-second shot attempt did not count.

Heidelberg shot a superior 73% from the charity stripe, while the Quakers only mustered a 61% clip from the line.

Once again, the Tricolor dominated the glass out-rebounding Wilmington 46-35. In addition to Prewitt's dominant 15, Connor Hutchison hauled in 11 boards of his own -- a first career double-digit effort by the senior.   

The Quakers were dominant off the bench out-scoring Heidelberg's reserves 54-19, led by Will Patrick's 20.

Heidelberg returns to the court on Wednesday as they welcome John Carroll University to Tiffin for a 7 p.m. start time. The Student Princes will be hoping to sweep the Blue Streaks after defeating them on the road 92-65 on January 9.