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Wittenberg holds off Oberlin to remain tied for second place

The Wittenberg men’s basketball team held off Oberlin in the final minute by making 8-of-12 free throws, winning 70-63 on the road Saturday afternoon.

The No. 22 Tigers improved to 17-4 overall and 11-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan trail Wooster by one game with four remaining. The Tigers play at Wooster next Saturday.

Wittenberg led 34-23 at halftime and by 13 nine minutes into the second half. Then the Yeomen rallied and got as close as four points with 31 seconds remaining. Shane Edwards then hit two free throws to put Wittenberg back up six, and Zack Leahy hit the last three free throws to seal the victory.

Leahy led Wittenberg with 16 points one game after scoring 27 in a victory at Ohio Wesleyan. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Scott Masin had 13 points and nine rebounds. Sam Collins had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Wittenberg made 8-of-19 3-pointers, while the Yeomen (6-15, 3-11) made 2-of-16.

Wooster (18-3, 12-2) won 78-73 at Denison on Saturday to remain in first place by itself. Ohio Wesleyan (17-4, 11-3) won 68-65 at Kenyon to remain tied with the Tigers. DePauw (15-6, 10-4) is in fourth place after beating Hiram 84-71.

Wittenberg hosts DePauw on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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