BEXLEY -- Although trailing by just one point at halftime, the Heidelberg University men's basketball team fell victim to a slow second half start against the nationally ranked Capital University. The hosts defended home court by a final score of 86-80.
Myron Prewitt led the Student Princes (8-14, 6-9 OAC) with a 19-point showing, including 12 in the final four and half minutes alone. Fellow bigs, Alex Arellano (14) and Connor Hutchison (10) also reached double-figures in scoring for Heidelberg.
Dylan Woods continued his efficiency shooting the ball on 60% shooting in addition to a game-high four assists.
The Berg found themselves in an uphill battle against the No. 21 Crusaders early, as Capital ran out to a 12-3 lead after connecting on their first five shot attempts. Although facing a hot-shooting offense, Heidelberg did not relent, working their way back into the fray.
From there -- much like the reverse fixture -- a patch of seesaw scoring ensued as Heidelberg stayed toe-to-toe with the OAC leaders. After briefly leading in the first minute of play, the Tricolor retook the lead for the first time with 2:45 remaining in the first half. Alex Arellano scooped in five straight points to work a four-point advantage.
A pair of Josh Dixon free throws late in the half looked to give the Berg the lead at the break, but Dan Auble sunk a 3-pointer at the buzzer to gift the lead back to the Crusaders heading to the intermission.
Out of the break, Heidelberg looked to be on the attack, but Capital strung together a 12-2 run to distance themselves from the Student Princes.
With the game hanging in the balance and the Berg down 72-56, Myron Prewitt decided it was time to orchestrate the offense. The senior turned on the pressure by rattling off 12 points over the final 4:28 of play to narrow the deficit to as little as five points.
Unfortunately that would be as close at the Student Princes would reach, as Joey Weingartner knocked down a late free throw to cap off the game 86-80.
The Tricolor shot an astounding 56% from beyond the arc and even outshot the Crusaders from the field, but were undone, by Capital's electric free throw shooting. The hosts earned their way to the stripe 34 times and converted 30 of those opportunities.
In a rare occasion, Prewitt lost the battle on the boards to his compatriot Caleb Cox, who pulled in eight rebounds compared to Myron's seven.
For the Crusaders, Will Hannah led all scorers with 22, while Cox (17), Auble (15), and Austin Schreck (11) also chipped in heavily.
Heidelberg will host the University of Mount Union for a 3 p.m. tip off on Saturday after the women's game vs. the Purple Raiders at 1 p.m.