NCAC Weekly Release (1-12-15) - Men's Basketball

NCAC Weekly Release (1-12-15) - Men's Basketball

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North Coast men’s basketball squads are now fully entrenched in the league schedule with 17th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (6-0, 11-2) sitting atop the standings with an unblemished conference record, while 14th-ranked Wooster (5-1, 11-2) and Wabash (4-2, 9-4) are the only other two teams with winning records against league foes. There is a full slate of games on the schedule this week, led by Wabash hosting Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday and Wittenberg (1-5, 3-10) traveling to Wooster on Saturday.

ALLEGHENY dropped its lone contest of the week against league-leading and 17th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan by an 89-72 margin on Saturday. The Gators did shoot 50 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line in the game, but they were unable to overcome 19 turnovers and 13 OWU three pointers. Four of Allegheny’s starters scored in double figures, led by sophomore Evan Zabriski (Jupiter, FL/Jupiter) with 24.

DENISON suffered a 66-62 loss against Wabash in its only action last week. Despite playing a season-low 16 minutes due to foul trouble, senior post Briggs King (Evanston, IL/Loyola Acad.) led the Big Red in scoring (14) and rebounding (6), while shooting 6-of-11 from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.

DEPAUW overcame a 21-5 deficit in the first half by outscoring Kenyon, 48-16, over the final 27:31 of play to earn a 53-37 league victory over the Lords. Sophomore guard Luke Lattner (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) posted his third-straight game of 20-plus points after netting 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the charity stripe.

HIRAM trailed Wittenberg, 46-34, with just over 13 minutes left in the game, but the Terriers closed out the game on a 35-13 run to post a 65-59 win over the Tigers. Junior J.J. Woodson (Cleveland, OH/Bedford) led the Terriers with 18 points, while freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake, OH/Brookside) tallied his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, senior Josh Edmondson (Euclid, OH/Twinsburg) came off the bench and scored a season-high 12 points and tied his season-best effort with six rebounds.

KENYON dropped a pair of league games last week against Wooster, 77-63, and DePauw, 53-37. Senior guard Jonathan Amador (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) scored a season-high 17 points against Wooster, while fellow senior Cooper Handelsman (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) led the Lords against DPU with eight points.

OBERLIN fell against 14th-ranked Wooster, 91-71, in its only action last week. Four Yeomen scored in double figures in the loss, led by sophomore Jack Poyle (Avon, OH/Avon) who finished with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line.

OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 17th in the most recent Top 25, kept its unblemished conference record intact last week with wins over Wittenberg, 75-63, and Allegheny, 89-72. Junior post Claude Gray (Avon, OH/Avon) notched a double-double against Wittenberg with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman Nate Axelrod (Dublin, OH/Coffman) led all scorers in the Wittenberg game with 21 points, before tying his career-high assist mark with 11 helpers in the win over Allegheny.

WABASH closed out its non-conference schedule on Wednesday with a 71-25 victory over Illinois Tech, before rallying for a 66-62 road win at Denison on Saturday. Senior Kasey Oetting (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia), who led the Little Giants with 16 points against Illinois Tech, scored eight of his 13 points against Denison in a 1:40 span in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit and launch the Little Giants to the four-point victory. In the two games combined, Oetting shot 44 percent (10-of-23) from the field, 44 percent (4-of-9) from three-point range and 71 percent (5-of-7) from the charity stripe to go along with six assists, six steals, four rebounds and one blocked shot.

WITTENBERG fell twice in league play last week against 17th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan, 75-63, and Hiram, 65-59. Senior Sam Collins (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) led the Tigers with 16 points against OWU, while sophomore guard Cody Phillipi (Xenia, OH/Xenia) paced the squad with 20 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists against Hiram.

WOOSTER, ranked 14th in the most recent Top 25, won a pair of conference home games last week, knocking off Kenyon, 77-63, and Oberlin, 91-71. Senior forward Evan Pannell (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) scored 23 points in both Fighting Scot victories to post his third and fourth 20-plus point performances of the season. In the win over Kenyon, Pannell was nearly perfect, shooting 7-of-7 from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. He was also efficient in the win over Oberlin, shooting 9-of-14 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 4-of-9 from the charity stripe. In addition, Pannell pulled down 13 rebounds on the week, which included a game-high eight in the win over Oberlin.