MBB: Student Princes upset No. 20 Capital

Photos courtesy of Brennan Izzo
Photos courtesy of Brennan Izzo

TIFFIN -- Tabbed as the Ohio Athletic Conference Game of the Week, the Heidelberg University men's basketball team did not disappoint.  A Myron Prewitt three-point play with 3.2 seconds remaining sent the Seiberling Gymnasium crowd into a frenzy. An Austin Schreck 3-pointer at the horn drew front iron, which touched off a storming of Sayger Court.  

The Student Princes (6-10, 4-5 OAC) had upset No. 20 Capital, 63-62, and the party was on.  

Down 62-60 with less than 10 seconds to play, Dylan Woods drove down the left side of the key and hung in the air just long enough to find Prewitt.  Prewitt double-clutched before going up with his left hand. As he laid the ball off the glass, Will Hannah was whistled for the foul. The ball rolled around the rim before falling in.  

Shooting over 80% from the line this season, Prewitt calmly drained the and-one.  While the rest of the team and fans were elated, the captain eschewed any celebration as Capital called time out.  He knew they needed one more stop.

Out of the timeout, Capital (13-3, 8-1 OAC) worked the ball to the sharp-shooting Schreck.  Driving left, Schreck got a good look at a would-be game-winner over the outstretched hand of Connor Hutchison.

"I am so proud of the guys," said Heidelberg Head Coach Andy Bucheit.  "It was great to see them stay composed and grind out a tough win against a very well-coached and good Capital team."

The Student Princes knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since last season, when they defeated Marietta College on the road, 71-65. The Pioneers were ranked No. 22 at the time of Heidelberg's victory.

Prewitt finished with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds.  Woods added 12 points and three steals. Josh Dixon also hit double figures, finishing with 10.  

As indicated by the score, the statistics were remarkable even between the teams.  Capital led in rebounds, 42-41, but Heidelberg shot a hair better, 39.7% to 39.3%. The Student Princes only turned the ball over four times.  

Neither side led by more than six points.

It was yet another pedestrian start inside Seiberling Gymnasium for both teams. After missing their first combined 10 shots, both teams finally settled after 3:12 of game time had expired. Capital broke the deadlock at the free throw line, which kickstarted a back-and-forth affair for the remainder of the first half.

Heidelberg narrowly out-shot the Crusaders in the first as both teams converted less than 30% of their attempts from the floor.

Caleb Cox and Myron Prewitt battled just as expected in the first period. The league's top two rebounders each pulled in six first-half boards.

Up two at halftime, Capital would push its lead to six with a pair of buckets early in the second period.  A 3-pointer by Crusader senior Joey Weingartner with 15:41 to play pushed him across the 1,000-point plateau.  

The Student Princes trailed throughout much of the second half.  Hutchison found a wide-open Jimmy Hanley for a layup on the right block with 6:16 left which tied the game at 50.  The two reversed roles after a Cap miss, with Hutchison laying the ball in off a feed from Hanley.

Trailing 54-50 with 4:15, the Crusaders stormed back.  An 8-2 run over the next three minutes turned the four-point deficit into a two-point advantage.  After Dixon tied the game with two free throws, Schreck put the Crusaders back on top with 37 seconds left.  After teams traded misses, Woods and Prewitt teamed up for their magic.

Both teams were led by a balanced effort from their starting five, as Heidelberg only managed 13 bench points compared to Capital's seven.

The win marked Heidelberg's first victory over the Crusaders since a 75-73 victory at Capital on February 17, 2016.

Heidelberg will return to action this weekend at Otterbein University. The Student Princes are aiming to sweep the Cardinals this season after defeating them at home 87-76 on December 8. The game is currently scheduled to tip off on Saturday at 3 p.m., though the weekend's wintery forecast might alter those plans.  Official details will be posted at BergAthletics.com as soon as they are available.