Ohio Wesleyan (12-2, 15-6) and Wooster (12-2, 15-6) have jumped into a tie for first in the North Coast men’s basketball standings after both squads notched a victory over nationally-ranked Denison (11-3, 17-4) last week. However, that tie will be short-lived as the Scots and Bishops are set to square off next Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Delaware.
ALLEGHENY split a pair of games last weekend, defeating DePauw, 73-59, before dropping a 68-63 decision against Wabash a day later. In the win, senior Evan Zabriski (Jupiter, FL/Jupiter) came off the bench and scored a game-high 23 in just 21 minutes of action, while sophomore Billy Urso (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) added 14 points and freshman Jordan Rawls (Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice) posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
DENISON, ranked 12th in the most recent D3hoops.com Top-25, saw its winless skid reach three-straight with a pair of setbacks against Ohio Wesleyan, 82-77, and Wooster, 77-62. Senior Matthew Bauer (Winnetka, IL/Loyola Acad.) posted a pair of double-double performances on the week with 17 points and 12 boards against OWU, and 13 points and 10 rebounds against Wooster.
DEPAUW suffered a pair of losses against Allegheny, 73-59, and Hiram, 85-71. Senior guard Luke Lattner (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) scored 25 points in the two games combined to move into 10th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,383 career points. He is also second in program history with 381 career free throws made, while his 141 made free throws this season are just two shy of equaling the school’s single-season record.
HIRAM evened its NCAC record to 7-7 after posting a 2-1 record last week, topping Oberlin, 79-70, on Monday, before notching an 85-71 victory over DePauw on Saturday. Senior Kelvin Jones (Sheffield Lake, OH/Brookside), who averaged a double-double on the week, notched 22 points and 11 rebounds against Oberlin, before tallying 20 points and 16 boards against DPU. In the three games combined, he shot 74 percent (14-of-19) from the field and 80 percent (16-of-20) at the charity stripe.
KENYON junior Bennett Grigull (London, England/Kimball Union Acad.) had an excellent week, but his efforts alone did not translate into wins as the Lords dropped a pair of home games against Wittenberg, 66-54, and Ohio Wesleyan, 92-71. Grigull’s stat line for the two-games included 37 points, nine rebounds and three assists, highlighted by a career-high 24-point effort against OWU.
OBERLIN dropped three league games, starting with a 79-70 setback against Hiram and concluding with an 87-63 loss against Wittenberg. The Yeomen also pushed league-leading Wooster to the brink on Wednesday in a heartbreaking 69-68 loss. Freshman Joshua Friedkin (Emeryville, CA/Albany) scored in double figures twice on the week, which included a career-high 20 points against the Tigers.
OHIO WESLEYAN senior Ben Simpson (Lake Bluff, IL/Lake Forest) notched a pair of double-double performances in two wins against No. 12 Denison, 82-77, and Kenyon, 92-71, that catapulted the Bishops into a tie for first in the league standings with Wooster. He opened the week with 24 points and 11 rebounds against the Big Red, which included a stretch of seven-straight points late in the second half that put the Bishops ahead to stay. He then capped off the week with a 17-point, 11-rebound effort in the 21-point win over the Lords.
WABASH won a pair of road games on its longest travel weekend of the season, topping Hiram, 70-64, on Friday, and notching a 68-63 win over Allegheny on Saturday. Freshman guard Colten Garland (Washington, IN/Washington) had a monster weekend for the Little Giants with 47 total points after shooting 52 percent (17-of-33) from the field and 50 percent (11-of-22) from three-point range. Sophomore post Logan White (Avon, IN/Avon) also played a vital role in the wins by notching his seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season with 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against Hiram, and 17 points and 11 boards against the Gators.
WITTENBERG ran its conference winning streak to five-straight with a pair of victories over Kenyon, 66-54, and Oberlin, 87-63. The Tigers utilized a balanced scoring attack on the week as five different players scored in double figures against the Lords and four reached the mark against the Yeomen. Senior guard Shane Edwards (Perrysburg, OH/Perrysburg) led that grouping by combining for 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds on the week, which included a near triple-double against Kenyon with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
WOOSTER used a 20-0 run in the second half en route to earning a 77-62 win at No. 12 Denison on Saturday. The Scots, who have yet to lose a game in 2017, also earned a narrow 69-68 win at Oberlin on Wednesday thanks to a last-second shot from senior Milt Davis (Cincinnati, OH/Colerain). After scoring 45 total points on the week, senior Dan Fanelly (Uniowntown, OH/Green) became the 23rd player in NCAC history and the ninth player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points. In the two games combined, he shot a blistering 67 percent (18-of-27) from the field and was nearly perfect at the free throw line by connecting on 5-of-6 attempts.