The 2014 North Coast men’s basketball season tipped off
over the weekend with seven of the league’s 10 teams in
action, highlighted by Oberlin knocking off Wittenberg, 65-63, in
the first conference game of the season on Saturday. League squads
return to the court this week for numerous early season
non-conference contests, while another league game is on the slate
as Kenyon plays host to Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday night at 7:30
ALLEGHENY opened the season with a pair of victories over Pitt.-Titusville, 75-45, and SUNY-Canton, 73-64, to capture the championship at its own Greg Richards ‘08 Memorial Tip-Off. Sophomore Evan Zabriski (Jupiter, FL/Jupiter) was named the tournament’s MVP after he scored 18 points in the win over Titusville and then added career-highs in both points (26) and rebounds (14) in Sunday’s win over Canton.
DENISON topped Saint Vincent, 58-52, on Saturday night in a neutral site game played at Marietta’s Shrine Tournament. Junior Brett Woolard (Newark, OH/Newark) scored a career-high 24 points in his first game collegiate game in nearly a year and a half. He shot 11-of-13 from the field and 2-of-3 at the foul line in the six-point win over the Bearcats.
DEPAUW was idle last week and will open its 2014-15 season on Tuesday with a non-conference road game against Franklin.
HIRAM outscored La Roche by a 44-32 margin in the second half en route to earning a 73-62 win at home on Saturday. Junior J.J. Woodson (Cleveland, OH/Bedford) shot 9-of-13 from the field and led the Terriers with 23 points and six rebounds in the win, while freshman Kelvin Jones (Sheffield, OH/Brookside) added 10 points in his first collegiate game.
KENYON dropped a pair of non-conference games against Presidents’ Athletic Conference members Westminster, 93-81, and Thiel, 73-59, at Westminster’s 23rd annual Buzz Ridl Classic. Junior guard Tim Connolly (San Francisco, CA/Stuart Hall) was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 19.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the two games combined. He also shot 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line and 50 percent from both the field (11-of-22) and three-point range (5-of-10).
OBERLIN opened its season in historic fashion as the Yeomen topped Wittenberg, 63-65, to snap a 50-game winless streak against the Tigers. The Yeomen’s last win over Wittenberg came in the 1979 season when both schools were members of the Ohio Athletic Conference. Sophomore Jack Poyle (Avon, OH/Avon) led the charge in the victory with a career-high 26 points after shooting 11-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 1-of-3 from the charity stripe. In addition, Oberlin dropped a 71-53 decision against Division I Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon.
OHIO WESLEYAN was idle last week and will open its 2014-15 season on Tuesday with a conference road game at Kenyon.
WABASH was idle last week and opens its 2014-15 season on Tuesday with a non-conference game at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky.
WITTENBERG dropped a contest against Oberlin for the first time since 1979, a span of 50 games, by a 65-63 margin on Saturday. Freshman post Chad Roy (Toledo, OH/Holland Springfield) led the team with 12 points and six rebounds in his collegiate debut.
WOOSTER, ranked 10th in the D3hoops.com Preseason Poll, knocked off No. 20 Cabrini, 97-80, in the opener for both squads on Saturday night in Ohio. The Scots jumped out to a 51-37 halftime advantage and the closest the difference got in the second half was 13 at 67-54 with 10:52 left to play. Junior center Josh Kipfer (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) had a career-night for the Scots as he came off the bench and produced 26 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.