NCAC Weekly Release (12-9-13) - Men's Basketball

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Following the first full week of North Coast men’s basketball action, Wittenberg (3-0, 6-1) and Wooster (3-0, 6-0) have risen to the top of the league standings with perfect 3-0 marks against league foes. League squads return to action this week, highlighted by Kenyon hosting Allegheny in conference action on Tuesday and three more league tilts on Saturday’s slate.

ALLEGHENY dropped a pair of conference games last week against Hiram, 67-61, and Wittenberg, 86-58. Senior guard D’Andre Corbin (Charlottesville, VA/Miller School) led the Gators with 13 points and seven assists against Hiram, while junior forward Brandon Smith (Gahanna, OH/Lincoln) led the squad with 13 points and five rebounds against the Tigers.

DENISON went 0-2 in a pair of league games last week, falling to DePauw, 66-51, on Wednesday, before dropping a heartbreaking 65-63 home loss against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. Junior wing Brad Woolard (Newark, OH/Newark) scored 30 points and had nine rebounds in the two games combined.

DEPAUW, ranked 24th in the D3hoops.com Top 25, opened play last week with a 66-51 win over Denison, before falling to third-ranked Wooster, 64-48, on Saturday. Both of DPU’s losses this year have come against teams ranked in the top-five on the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. Junior center Tommy Fernitz (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) scored 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in 43 total minutes on the week.

HIRAM opened league play last week by splitting a pair of games, first defeating Allegheny, 67-61, on Wednesday, before falling to Kenyon, 73-66, on Saturday. Senior guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the Terriers’ top scoring threat on the week as he scored 24 points in the win and then added a 13-point performance in the loss against the Lords.

KENYON got a combined 28 points and 20 rebounds from senior Brian Lebowitz (New York, NY/Riverdale) in a pair of league wins last week against Oberlin, 64-63, and Hiram, 73-66. In the win over Oberlin, Lebowitz tallied 10 points and nine rebounds and then produced team-highs of points and 11 rebounds against Hiram.

OBERLIN used a strong second-half surge against Kenyon, but fell short by a 64-63 margin, but the Yeomen bounced back on Saturday with a convincing 79-62 win over Wabash. The victory marked the Yeomen’s first win over the Little Giants since 2006. Four players scored in double figures in the win for Oberlin, led by an 18-point performance from senior Geoff Simpson (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury).

OHIO WESLEYAN suffered a 79-71 loss against Wooster on Wednesday, before bouncing back to secure a narrow 65-63 win over Denison on Saturday. In the win over the Big Red, senior guard Taylor Rieger (Lewis Center, OH/Olentangy Orange) led the way with 16 points, while senior post Reuel Rogers (Columbus, OH/Bexley) led the Bishops with 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss against the Fighting Scots.

WABASH was 0-3 last week after playing three games over the course of six days. The Little Giants opened the week with a 77-68 non-league loss against Rose-Hulman, before dropping a pair of league games against Wittenberg, 60-46, and Oberlin, 79-62. Freshman guard Kyle Aiton (Newburgh, IN/Castle) led the squad on the week with 28 points (9.3 ppg) after shooting 37 percent (11-of-30) from the field.

WITTENBERG, ranked 16th in the D3hoops.com Top 25, improved to 3-0 in NCAC play following a pair of wins last week against Wabash, 60-46, and Allegheny, 86-58. After posting 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 60-46 win at Wabash, senior Scott Masin (New Carlisle, OH/Bethel) notched a new career high with 28 points in the win over the Gators.

WOOSTER, ranked third in the D3hoops.com Top 25, posted a pair of league wins last week against Ohio Wesleyan, 79-71, and DePauw, 64-48. Freshman forward Dan Fanelly (Uniontown, OH/Green) scored 15 points in each of the victories, including a 15-point, 10-rebound performance against DePauw for his first career double-double.