Wittenberg gets revenge against DePauw in NCAC semis


The Wittenberg men’s basketball team avenged two regular-season losses to DePauw and advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference championship game for the first time since 2011 with a 63-61 victory Friday at Wooster’s Timken Gymnasium.

No. 3 seed Wittenberg, ranked 22nd in the latest D3Hoops.com poll, will play either No. 1 seed Wooster or No. 4 seed Ohio Wesleyan at 7 tonight at Wooster. The Tigers seek their first NCAC tournament title since 2006.

Wittenberg (21-8) trailed 58-57 after a 3-point play by DePauw’s Tommy Fernitz with 2:16 to play. A jump shot with 1:43 left by Alex Fultz gave Wittenberg the lead. The score remained 59-58 until Scott Masin hit two free throws for Wittenberg with nine seconds left.

DePauw turned the ball over on its next possession. Then Wittenberg’s Sam Collins hit 1-of-2 free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory.

Masin led Wittenberg with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Wittenberg got 33 points from its bench, including 10 from Shane Edwards.

The Tigers made 17-of-23 free throws (74 percent) to outscore DePauw (8-of-12) by eight at the line. DePauw made up for that discrepancy by making 7-of-16 3-pointers (44 percent), while Wittenberg shot 4-of-13 (31 percent) from long range.

Wittenberg trailed 12-6 after six minutes but quickly got back in the game. It was tied at 35 at halftime. Neither team led by more than four points in the second half.

Fernitz led DePauw (19-8) with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Luke Lattner scored 15 points off the bench.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs
Ervin, Votto lead the way as Reds hold off Cubs

Phillip Ervin may be a late-bloomer, but the Cincinnati outfielder has arrived in the majors with bang. Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game...
NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited
NBA champion Durant doesn’t ‘respect’ Donald Trump, won’t go to White House if invited

NBA champion Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the Golden State Warriors are invited, according to a story on ESPN. "Nah, I won't do that," Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, told ESPN Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now." The White House has not officially extended...
High School Football: Graham next success story on coach’s list
High School Football: Graham next success story on coach’s list

In his football career, both playing and coaching, Shane Cahill has experienced success at every level. Cahill, 26, played on three regional finalist teams at West Jefferson High School. He was an all-conference linebacker at Urbana University, helping the Blue Knights to the most wins in program history in a four-year span (26). And the last three...
High school football games on radio, TV, internet
High school football games on radio, TV, internet

The following are area high school football games that will be aired on radio, TV and/or the internet. If your station or webcast isn’t listed, email your information and schedule to sports@coxohio.com. Thu. Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont Thu. Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy Thu. Sept. 7: Bellbrook at Tecumseh Thu. Sept. 14: Lebanon at Beavercreek Thu. Sept...
Cleveland, Canton submit joint bid to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft
Cleveland, Canton submit joint bid to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

As the NFL continues rotating its draft, Cleveland may be among the chief suitors. The Cleveland Browns, Pro Football Hall of Fame (in Canton) and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have teamed up to submit a bid to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft.  An application was submitted to the NFL headquarters last week, per the Browns. If selected, Cleveland...
More Stories