With five weeks left in the 2014-15 North Coast men’s
basketball season, 10th-ranked Wooster (9-1, 15-2) now stands alone
at the top of the league standings after collecting a pair of
victories last week against Allegheny (5-5, 8-9) and DePauw (4-6,
11-6). League play resumes in the week ahead, highlighted by
Wooster traveling to 23rd-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (7-2, 13-4) on
Wednesday and Denison (4-6, 10-7) hosting Wittenberg (4-6, 6-11) on
ALLEGHENY dropped a pair of league games last week against 10th-ranked Wooster, 104-73, and Wittenberg, 59-38. Sophomore forward Evan Zabriski (Jupiter, FL/Jupiter), who has scored at least 15 points in 14-straight games, continued that streak last week with a 19-point showing against Wooster and a 15-point performance against Wittenberg.
DENISON went 2-0 at home last week, picking up league wins over Hiram, 72-63, and 23rd-ranked Ohio Wesleyan, 73-70. Junior post Bret Woolard (Newark, OH/Newark) paced the Big Red against the Bishops with 16 points, which included the game-clinching dunk with just four seconds left in the game, while sophomore guard David Meurer (Granville, OH/Newark Catholic) led DU in the win over Hiram with 21 points and five assists.
DEPAUW topped arch-rival Wabash, 75-58, on Wednesday, before suffering a heartbreaking 63-62 loss at 10th-ranked Wooster on Saturday. Freshman guard Luke Lattner (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) came off the bench against the Little Giants and tallied a career-high 36 points after shooting 12-of-19 from the field, 6-of-10 from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Lattner’s point total marked the most points scored by a DPU player in Neal Fieldhouse since the venue opened in 1982, and it was also the most points scored by a DPU player in a game since Todd Seifferlein netted 38 against Franklin on January 25, 1992.
HIRAM opened its current three-game league road swing with a pair of setbacks last week against Denison, 72-63, and Kenyon, 85-74. Junior guard J.J. Woodson (Cleveland, OH/Bedford) paced the Terriers on the week with 22 points against Denison and a career-high 28 against Kenyon.
KENYON split a pair of conference contests last week, falling to Wittenberg, 73-62, on Wednesday, before topping Hiram, 85-74, on Saturday. Senior forward John Bray (Glenshaw, PA/Vincentian Acad.) had one of the best weeks of his collegiate career, as he scored a career-high 25 against Wittenberg and then tossed in 20 more in the win over Hiram.
OBERLIN played at home for the first time in nearly a month last week, dropping an 86-61 decision against 23rd-ranked Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, before ending a four-game winless streak with a 75-67 win over Wabash on Saturday. In the win over the Little Giants, sophomore Nathan Cohen (San Francisco, CA/Urban School) led the Yeomen with a career-high 19 points, while junior forward Matt Walker (Los Angeles, CA/Winward School) also added a career-high 16 points.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked 23rd in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25, split a pair of league road games last week, first knocking off Oberlin, 86-61, on Wednesday, before suffering a narrow 73-70 setback against rival Denison on Saturday. Senior wing Nick Felhaber (Holland, OH/Toledo St. John’s) tied an NCAC record and eclipsed a pair of school records in the Bishops’ victory over Oberlin. Felhaber finished the game with a career-high 36 points after shooting a near perfect 13-of-15 from the field, which included draining 10-of-12 three-point attempts. The 10 three-point buckets tie the conference mark set by Earlham’s Travis Brett against DePauw on January 8, 2002, and breaks the OWU record of nine set by J.R. Shumate against Thomas More on December 13, 1995, and tied by Felhaber himself at Calvin earlier this season.
WABASH lost a pair of road games last week against arch-rival DePauw, 75-58, and Oberlin, 75-67. Senior Kasey Oetting (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia) led the Little Giants with 15 points and nine rebounds against DPU, while junior forward Daniel Purvlicis (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) led Wabash with 22 in the loss against the Yeomen.
WITTENBERG picked up a pair of key conference victories at home last week, defeating Kenyon, 73-62, on Wednesday, and topping Allegheny, 59-38, on Saturday. Sophomore wing Jaelin Williams (Springfield, OH/Shawnee), who posted his first double-double of the season in the win over Kenyon with 10 points and 11 rebounds, finished the week with 20 points (10.0 ppg), 17 rebounds (8.5 rpg), six assists (3.0 apg) and three steals (1.5 spg).
WOOSTER, ranked 10th in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25, moved into sole possession of first-place in the NCAC standings last week with a pair of wins over Allegheny, 104-73, and DePauw, 63-62. Senior forward Evan Pannell (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) grabbed six rebounds and scored a game-high 23 points against Allegheny, before leading the Scots to a come-from-behind victory over DPU on Saturday with 11 second-half points, including sinking the game-winning three-pointer with 18.9 seconds left in the game.