After the first full week of league play, Allegheny (2-0, 2-6) and nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (2-0, 8-0) sit atop the North Coast men’s basketball standings with perfect 2-0 records, while Oberlin (2-1, 6-2) and Wittenberg (2-1, 5-2) are tied for third with identical 2-1 marks against league foes. Conference play resumes in the week ahead with one game each on Tuesday and Wednesday, and four more on Saturday, highlighted by Denison (1-1, 4-3) hosting Oberlin on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. and Wittenberg traveling to Denison on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
ALLEGHENY opened its conference slate with a pair of victories against Hiram, 71-67, and Wittenberg, 64-54. Junior Evan Zabriski (Jupiter, FL/Jupiter) posted his third double-double of the season against Hiram with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while classmate Conor Macomber (Beverly, MA/St. John’s Prep) added 18 points to help give head coach Bob Simmons his first win at Allegheny. The Gators then got a balanced scoring attack on Saturday against Wittenberg to post their first victory in Springfield since January of 2010.
DENISON split two conference games last week, defeating DePauw, 80-67, before falling to No. 6 Ohio Wesleyan, 92-82. Junior guard David Meurer (Granville, OH/Newark Catholic) finished the week with 40 points (20.0 ppg), 11 assists (5.5 apg) and 10 rebounds (5.0 rpg), while junior post Jett Speelman (Granville, OH/Newark Catholic) scored a career-high 28 points against OWU.
DEPAUW went 0-2 in league play with a pair of losses against Denison, 80-67, and Wooster, 85-56. Junior guard Luke Lattner (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) was the Tigers’ top scorer on the week with 28 points against Denison and 15 more against Wooster. In the two games combined, he shot 11-of-25 (.440) from the field and 19-of-24 (.792) from the free throw line.
HIRAM split its first two league games, falling to Allegheny, 71-67, before collecting an 88-78 victory over Kenyon. In the 10-point win over Kenyon, senior J.J. Woodson (Oakwood Village, OH/Bedford) posted his first-career double-double with a season-high 25 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
KENYON dropped a pair of league games last week against Oberlin, 72-64, and Hiram, 88-78. Senior guard Tim Connolly (San Francisco, CA/Stuart Hall) flirted with yet another triple-double in the loss against the Yeomen as he totaled a season-best 28 points to go along with team-highs in both assists (8) and rebounds (7).
OBERLIN picked up a pair of home wins last week against Kenyon, 72-64, and Wabash, 59-50, to improve to 6-2 overall for one of the best starts in program history. Junior guard Jack Poyle (Avon, OH/Avon) averaged 14.0 points over the two games combined, while classmate Nathan Cohen (San Francisco, CA/Urban) was the catalyst against the Lords with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.
OHIO WESLEYAN, ranked sixth in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25, remained perfect on the year with two wins over Wooster, 88-75, and Denison, 92-82. Junior post Ben Simpson (Lake Bluff, IL/Lake Forest) posted his fifth double-double of the season against the Scots with 18 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while senior wing Claude Gray (Avon, OH/Avon) led the Bishops with 30 points and shared the team lead with eight rebounds in the 10-point win over the Big Red.
WABASH went 1-2 last week, opening the three-game stretch with an 80-31 non-conference win over Boyce before dropping a pair of league games against Wittenberg, 74-64, and Oberlin, 59-50. A total of 13 different players scored in the victory over Boyce, led by the duo of senior center Marcus Kammrath (Union Mills, IN/South Central) and freshman center Evan Frank (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) both tallying double-doubles. Kammrath finished with 10 points and 12 boards, while Frank added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
WITTENBERG outscored Wabash, 27-7, over the final 13 minutes of play to post a 76-64 come-from-behind victory over the Little Giants, but the Tigers found themselves on the other end of a result on Saturday with a 64-54 home loss against Allegheny. Junior wing Jaelin Williams (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) led the charge against Wabash with 23 points and six rebounds.
WOOSTER, which appears in the “Other Receiving Votes” portion of the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25, dropped its conference opener on Wednesday against No. 6 Ohio Wesleyan by an 88-75 margin, but the Scots bounced back on Saturday with a convincing 85-56 victory over DePauw in a rematch of the 2015 NCAC Tournament title game. Junior Dan Fanelly (Uniontown, OH/Green) led all players with 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in the loss against OWU, before pulling down seven more boards and sharing the team lead with 12 points in the victory over DPU.