ALLIANCE -- A career day for Myron Prewitt was not enough for the Heidelberg men's basketball team as they fell on the road, 87-85, at the hands of the University of Mount Union.
After Phariz Watkins had put the Berg up with six seconds remaining on a go-ahead 3-pointer, a three-point play for the Purple Raiders with less than a second remaining on the clock proved to be the difference.
With the loss, the Student Princes fall to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Mount improves to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the OAC.
Prewitt had the hot hand on the day, leading all scorers with a career-high 44 points. The total was just three points shy of the Heidelberg single-game record of 47 points set by Kurt Anderson in 1980-1981 vs. Mount Vernon. Prewitt now sits at 997 career points, just three off of joining the illustrious 1,000 point club. He will be the 32nd Student Prince to hit that milestone.
In addition to Prewitt's 44 points, The senior forward also pulled down 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.
Dylan Woods contributed 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his return to the starting lineup.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Student Princes were playing catch up from the opening whistle, gaining their first lead late in the game on the Watkins trey with six seconds remaining. Their largest deficit of the game was midway through the first half with the score at 34-19. However, back-to-back jumpers by Seth Hohman and Prewitt closed the Purple Raiders spread.
From trailing by 15 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half, the Tricolor finished the first half on a 24-17 run. Heidelberg did get within two, but could not sustain the scoring, eventually dropping back to a 51-43 scoreline at the break.
Prewitt came firing out of the gates in the second half, hitting a jump shot and a 3-ball on either side of a single Mount Union free throw.
On the momentum of Prewitt's dominant afternoon, the Berg stayed toe-to-toe with the top team in the conference for much the second half.
After closing the gap as close as 61-60, the Purple Raiders strung together a 10-point run over a span of 4:18. A layup by Curt Jacobs ended the drought with 6:39 remaining in the contest.
On the Berg's next possession, Jacobs was fouled on the 3-point attempt. The freshman netted all three freebies to spark a comeback.
Prewitt took control collecting Berg's next 12 points. Dylan Woods then connected on a huge three-point-play of his own to put the Berg within one with just over one minute to play.
Tommy Stenger split a pair of free throws for Mount, setting up Phariz Watkins' go-ahead 3-pointer with just six seconds left on the clock.
After a series of timeouts, Mount worked the ball to Collen Gurley who forced home the game-winning layup with less than a second remaining on the clock. After he completed the three-point-play, a desperation attempt by Watkins fell short, ending the game, 87-85.
"I'm proud of our guys responding to adversity several times in the game," said head coach Andy Bucheit. "They did exactly what we asked of them to win the game. I failed to put them in a good position at the end of the game to win … It's all on me."
Collen Gurley led the Purple Raiders' offense with 23 points, including the game-winning layup. D'Vontay Friga added 18 points as well.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Prewitt's 44-point effort is the first 40+point game for a Student Prince since Lucas Messer tallied 46 points in a 102-101 loss in triple overtime to Urbana on Dec. 18, 2002.
The Berg hauled down 12 offensive rebounds converting to 20 second chance points on the day.
The Student Princes got a great effort off the bench as the reserves contributed 57 points led by Prewitt's 15-25 from the floor, including 8-10 from three and 6-6 from the free throw line.
Heidelberg was a perfect 16-16 as a team from the free-throw stripe during the game. A combined effort from Prewitt, Woods, Jacobs and Hohman led to the dominant performance from the line.
The Student Princes will make a short road-trip to Ohio Northern University on Wednesday, December 19 for a 7 p.m. start time.