MBB: Student Princes seeded seventh for OAC tournament

File photo by Doug Sampson
File photo by Doug Sampson

MARIETTA -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team fell on the road to No. 19 Marietta College, but determined their final seeding to the eight-team OAC tournament beginning next Tuesday.

With the loss, and John Carroll's win, the Student Princes (8-17, 6-12) were placed in seventh place. HU will travel to the second seed, Mount Union on Tuesday night. Capital University secured the OAC regular season top spot.

Dylan Woods continued his hot end to the season with a 13-point showing to lead the Berg scorers. Josh Dixon added 12, while Myron Prewitt contributed 11.

Prewitt was one rebound away from securing another double-double on the season, as the league-leader in boards secured nine, a game-high.

Much like the first meeting in Tiffin, the early goings, proceeded to be back-and-forth as both teams pushed the tempo to gain an edge early on.

Although the Pioneers dictated the lead, Heidelberg stayed within striking distance. It was until there was seven minutes remaining when the hosts created some separation, going ahead by nine at the break.

Still in contention for the OAC top seed, Marietta needed to win the game and started the second half on a roll. The Pioneers carried a 24-7 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to remove all doubt in the end.

As the Berg attempted to fight back, a two and half minute scoreless run down the stretch quickly halted those hopes.

A Logan West-Homes layup with 30 seconds remaining capped the score as Marietta dribbled out the clock to secure the 83-66 victory.

The Student Princes were hurt heavily by a 16% 3-point shooting afternoon. On the flip-side, Marietta connected on 44% of their attempts from deep to help their cause.

The Pioneers also held the advantage on the boards with 41 compared to the Berg's 38. Additionally, Marietta dished out 17 assists to the Student Princes' eight.

Jason Ellis poured in a game-high 21 for MC to lead all scorers on the day.

Although tied on conference record with Capital and Mount Union, tiebreakers placed the Pioneers third in the OAC seedings.

The Berg will travel to Mount Union on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Student Princes' last trip to Alliance saw the Purple Raiders emerge on a buzzer beating victory, by a final score of 87-85.