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Wittenberg falls out of first with loss at home to Denison

Denison hit two 3-pointers in the final 76 seconds to beat No. 18 Wittenberg 63-60 on Saturday at Pam Evans Smith Arena and knock the Tigers out of a four-way tie for first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Wittenberg took a 60-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Zack Leahy with 1:49 to play. But Denison’s Robby Weingart tied the game with a shot from behind the arc with 1:16 to go.

After a missed 3 by Wittenberg’s Shane Edwards, Denison took the lead on a 3-pointer by Briggs King with 25 seconds left. Leahy missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, and after the Tigers grabbed an offensive rebound, Denison committed a foul with three seconds left before Wittenberg could try another game-tying 3-pointer.

The loss ends a three-game winning streak for the Tigers (15-4, 9-3). Denison (9-10, 5-7) avenged a 97-69 loss at home to Wittenberg in December.

Scott Masin led the Tigers with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added 11 rebounds. Leahy hit 5-of-12 shots and scored 13. Edwards and Cole Bond each scored eight.

Wittenberg out-rebounded Denison 39-28 but lost the turnover battle 16-10.

Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan (each 10-2) won Saturday and are now tied for first place. Oberlin upset DePauw 62-60, so Wittenberg and DePauw are tied for second.

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