The victories keep mounting. The ranking keeps climbing. The Wittenberg men’s basketball team keeps getting better.
The Tigers, who jumped from 13th to 11th in the D3Hoops.com poll this week, play at Thomas More at 3 p.m. today. Wittenberg (7-1) has won six games in a row, all by double digits, and it’s topped 80 points twice and 90 points twice in that span.
Scott Masin and Sam Collins starred in Wittenberg’s last game, a 97-69 victory at Denison on Dec. 14. Masin hit 8-of-8 shots from the field and scored 21 points. Collins was perfect as well, hitting 7-of-7 shots and scoring 19.
“We just played outstanding basketball right from the get-go,” Wittenberg coach Bill Brown said. “It’s impossible to play outstanding every play for 40 minutes, but when you look at the whole body of work, it was great on both ends of the court.”
Collins had made 1-of-7 3-pointers on the season, but he hit 3 of 3 against Denison.
“Sam’s 3-point shooting has not been his strength,” Brown said. “I still think (it could be) down the road. Still, he was feeling it. He just had one of those dream days. He works really hard.”
Masin scored in double figures in seven straight games and has totalled 49 points in his last two games. He ranks eighth in the country in field-goal shooting (71 percent). Masin has become so consistent, it’s easy to take his contributions for granted.
“Scott just did his usual thing, even though it’s become more of the norm,” Brown said. “Everyone played great.”
Thomas More fell to 2-6 with two losses this week: 73-72 to Hanover on Tuesday and 85-64 to Centre on Thursday. The Saints were picked to finish second in the Presidents Athletic Conference after going 23-5 last season and returning 12 letterwinners.
“They had 10 games off prior to that game Tuesday,” Brown said. “They’ve made tremendous progress. They should have beaten Hanover. Hanover has six wins. They’re up 13 in the first half against Centre. That score was very deceiving.”
Women’s basketball: The Tigers are 5-3 after losing 49-36 at home to Denison on Dec. 14. Wittenberg doesn’t play again until Dec. 27 against Hanover in the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Classic at Pam Evans Smith Arena. They’ll play Case Western in the second game of that event Dec. 28.
Amber Rice leads the Tigers with 16.8 points per game.
Wittenberg at Thomas More, 3 p.m.