ADA -- Heidelberg University men's basketball senior Myron Prewitt needed just three points to reach the 1,000 point milestone in his career this evening at Ohio Northern University …. And he did, in a big way. The captain scored 36, including 22 in the the first-half alone.
Behind Prewitt's phenomenal performance, Heidelberg bullied their way to a 73-66 win -- their second victory of the season. Their overall record now stands at 2-5, 2-2 in the conference. ONU slips to 3-7 overall and 0-5 in the OAC with the loss.
Prewitt needed just needed 2:48 of game time to achieve the 1,000th point of his career on a deep three-pointer. With the bucket, Prewitt became the 32nd member of the esteemed club in Heidelberg men's basketball history.
In addition to his career milestone, Myron continued his dominance on the boards, hauling down 15 rebounds. His 36 points and 15 boards accounted for his sixth double-double of the young season.
Phariz Watkins was next on the team with nine points, five rebounds, and four assists for a balanced evening on the floor.
Even with Prewitt finding his rhythm early on, the Berg battled back-and-forth with the Polar Bears over the early going. It wasn't until the 13:36 mark of the first half in which they grabbed the lead for good.
Prewitt and Josh Dixon hit back-to-back buckets to put the Student Princes up 11-9 -- a lead which they would hold for the duration of the game. Over the final 13 minutes of the first half, Heidelberg out-scored ONU 25-12 to carry a 16-point lead into the break.
The first-half was punctuated by Prewitt's 3-pointer from near half-court as time expired. The bucket extended his first-half total to 22 points.
Prewitt continued right where he left off, throwing down a thunderous dunk on a feed from Dylan Woods.
ONU did chip away at the Berg's lead throughout much of the second-half, but the Student Princes held their ground, not relinquishing the lead by stepping up in key moments.
With the lead cut to just eight points with 12:06 remaining in the game, Seth Hohman stepped into a 3-pointer to keep a cushioned lead for the Tricolor.
Again, the Polar Bears knocked on the door, closing the game to 52-46 after a Daniel Unruh trey. This time, Jimmy Hanley capitalized on a swipe-and-score before Phariz Watkins drilled a 3-pointer to re-establish control for HU.
Once more, Ohio Northern troubled Heidelberg's lead, this time on a 9-3 run over a quick three minute period. The Polar Bears closed the gap to as close as 65-60, but Prewitt and Watkins combined for the team's last eight points, all but putting the game to rest.
"It's tough to respond after a heart wrenching loss [Saturday's buzzer-beating loss at Mount Union]," head coach Andy Bucheit mentioned after the game. "This group continues to grow and get better everyday … they responded with a near perfect half of play in the first half and then handled adversity to finish off the game. We are really proud of their continued growth throughout this young season."
FOR THE OPPONENT:
Ryan Bruns and Austin Allemeier combined for 40 points for Ohio Northern's offense.
Defensively, Daniel Donner collected nine rebounds, while Bruns tallied four blocks.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Coming off the heels of his 44 point effort at Mount Union last Saturday, Prewitt scored a combined 80 points in a two-game span -- believed to be the most by a Student Prince since at least the 2002-03 season. His combined stat line over those two games was 30-49 FG, 12-17 3PT, 8-9 FT, 25 REB, 2 AST, and 3 STL. With 1,033 points, he his currently tied with Ron Higgins (2003-07) for 26th all-time.
The Berg took advantage of the opportunities that fell their way by tallying 13 second-chance points on 11 offensive boards and by capitalizing on ONU's 13 turnovers with 14 points.
Across the game, Ohio Northern connected on 44% of their attempts, but shot a dismal 14% (2-14) from beyond the arc.
The Student Princes will take part in the St. Andrews Products Classic hosted by Trine University this weekend. They are scheduled to take on Adrian College on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. before playing Trine on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.