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Men's Basketball Heads to Heidelberg for OAC Opener Saturday

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis





WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team opens Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play by traveling to Heidelberg University on Saturday. Tip-off from Seiberling Gymnasium is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Teams: Wilmington and Heidelberg. The Fightin' Quakers are 3-1 overall after an 85-77 win at Earlham College in the Quaker Bowl rivalry on Wednesday evening. The Student Princes are 0-3 on the year after falling 79-76 at Bluffton University on Nov. 24.

The Coaches: K.C. Hunt is in his 12th season as head coach of Wilmington's men's basketball program. Hunt, who has coached two All-Americans and seven of the school's 1,000-point scorers, led the Quakers to OAC Tournament titles in 2010 and 2014. He garnered Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors for guiding Wilmington to OAC Tournament title and a win in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2010. Andy Bucheit, the 2005 graduate of Wittenberg University, enters his sixth season as Heidelberg's head coach. The Student Princes have achieved a 54-75 record under his watch.

The Players: Three Wilmington individuals - Kevin Lewis, DaeShawn Jackson and Will Patrick - all score in double figures with Lewis leading the team at 17.5 points per game. Lewis, Abdul Kanu, Jeffrey Mansfield, Andrew Russell and Colin Myers all grab over four rebounds per contest while Payton Smith both dish out at least three assists per contest. Lewis and Patrick also pull their weight defensively, stealing over two passes per game. Myron Prewitt averages a double-double for Heidelberg, scoring 19.0 points and grabbing 10.7 rebounds per game. Jimmy Hanley also scores in double figures for the Student Princes.

Tale of the Tape: Points per game - Wilmington 76.0, Heidelberg 72.7; opponents points per game - Wilmington 67.3, Heidelberg 81.3; field goal percentage - Wilmington 39.8, Heidelberg 39.0; three point percentage - Wilmington 34.8, Heidelberg 28.0; free throw percentage - Wilmington 64.2, Heidelberg 66.7; rebounds per game - Wilmington 42.3, Heidelberg 40.7; assist-to-turnover ratio - Wilmington 0.88, Heidelberg 0.93.

Recent History: Wilmington is 17-21 against Heidelberg since joining the OAC prior to the 2000-01 season. More information on the series history can be viewed at the link above.

Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".

Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available - visit the links above.

Up Next: Wilmington hosts Ohio Northern University for a 7 p.m. OAC contest on Wednesday.