No. 24 Men’s Basketball Falls to Heidelberg in Overtime Thriller

Jake Fetherolf recorded his OAC leading eighth double-double of the season  (Photo Courtesy of Jesse Kucewicz)
Jake Fetherolf recorded his OAC leading eighth double-double of the season (Photo Courtesy of Jesse Kucewicz)

BEREA, Ohio –The Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team fell short to Heidelberg University in an Ohio Athletic Conference overtime thriller by a final score of 82-80 in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.

BW (14-4, 8-3 OAC) had four players score in double figures led by senior All-OAC forward Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk) as he recorded his OAC leading eighth double-double of the season, the 26th of his career and the second in the season series with a game-high 23points and a game-best 13 rebounds.  Fetherolf scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the first game.  

In addition, senior All-OAC guard Cam Kuhn (Vermilion) and junior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC guard Jay Battle (Gahanna/Lincoln) each scored 15 points.  Sophomore guard Michael Quiring (Brunswick) chipped in 12 points.

Heidelberg (8-10, 4-7 OAC, who snapped an eight-game losing skid in Berea and split the season series for the second straight season has not won in Berea since the 2008-09 season when they posted an 92-87 overtime victory.  Entering tonight, the Student Princes had not won in Berea since the 2008-09 season.

Heidelberg had four players score in double digits led by junior Academic All-OAC forward Myron Prewitt as he scored 19 points.  Senior All-OAC guard Kiere Bennie poured in 15 points.  Senior guard Chris Moxley tallied 14 points and junior center Prince Benson contributed 13 points. 

BW jumped out to an early 5-2 lead when Fetherolf scored on a reverse layup at the 17:12 mark.  The Student Princes answered with a 5-0 run to take a 7-5 lead when junior center Prince Benson scored on a layup at 16:26.   The game would be tied two more times over the next three minutes with the last coming at 9-9 when Bennie scored on a layup for Heidelberg at the 13:03 mark.  The Student Princes then went on an 13-3 run to take an 22-12 lead when Prewitt knocked down a jumper at 8:54. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead down to 27-20 on fast break layup by junior guard Kyle Nader (Vermilion) at the 6:01 mark.   BW closed the half on a 13-9 run to cut the lead down to 36-33 when Battle buried a triple with 1:18 remaining in the opening half.

BW opened the second half on a 6-2 run to take a 39-38 advantage on back to triples by Fetherolf and Battle with the last coming at the 17:49 mark.  The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 47-43 when Battle knocked down a three-pointer at 15:02.  The Student Princes went on a 4-1 run to cut the lead down to 48-47 on a layup by sophomore guard Josh Dixon at the 14:07 mark.  BW responded with a 10-5 run to push the lead to 58-52 when Nader knocked down a three at 10:53. Heidelberg regained the lead at 65-64 when freshman forward Bailey Croft hit a three-pointer at the 5:16 mark.  The Yellow Jackets went on a 9-4 run to take a 73-69 lead on a Quiring triple at 2:06.  The Student Princes forced the game into overtime when Benson hit a pair from the charity stripe with 53 seconds remaining to tie the game at 73-73.

Heidelberg opened the overtime period on a 5-0 run to take a 78-73 lead when Bennie buried a triple at the 3:26 mark.  BW answered with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 80-80 when Fetherolf hit a three-pointer at 1:37. The Student Princes went 2-of-4 from the foul line in the final minute, including with just 3.5 seconds remaining when senior Academic All-OAC forward James Hanley only knocked down one.    The Yellow Jackets had a look at the win but Battle's three-point attempt at the buzzer was just off the mark.

BW is back in action on Saturday, January 24 when it hosts an OAC game against No. 25-nationally ranked Marietta College in the Ursprung Gym at 3 p.m.

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