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Otterbein Holds of Men's Basketball in 70-63 Contest

Photo by Otterbein's Megan Miller
Photo by Otterbein's Megan Miller

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Wilmington College men's basketball team was held to under 40 percent shooting in a 70-63 defeat to Otterbein University in an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) contest at the Rike Center on Saturday evening.

The first 15 minutes were played within a six-point window as neither team led by more than three points until a Mo Beavers jump shot at the 4:36 mark put Otterbein up 33-28. Wilmington quickly answered with two Jayden Lewis free throws and a triple from Bilal Sow to tie the contest once again. Two Cardinal free throws at the 2:44 mark proved to be the last points of the half as Otterbein went into the locker room up 35-33.

The second half was much of the same as neither team could separate from the other. A Jackson Todd layup a little over two minutes in put Wilmington on top 42-39, but a 9-0 run from the Cardinals put the host back up six. The lead would change hands five times from the midway point of the second half to the five-minute mark with a Noah Dado basket giving WC a 56-55 lead.

Otterbein answered with the knock-out punch, an 11-2 run over three minutes to take a 66-58 lead. The Cardinals would hit free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Wilmington made 24 field goals and shot a 4-of-21 clip from beyond the three-point arc. Otterbein made 23-of-52 (44.2 percent) alongside converting 18-of-20 from the charity stripe. The Quakers forced 19 turnovers and grabbed 10 steals while the Cardinals countered with a 36-34 edge in rebounding.

Individually a quarter of Quakers – Todd, Dado, Matt Smith and Sow – scored in double figures with Sow and Todd leading the way with 14 points each. Black, Dallas Patrick and Justin Carter scored in double figures for Otterbein.

Wilmington (3-7) will conclude the regular season with a series against Heidelberg University next weekend.