Unbeaten Wittenberg five wins from tying school record

6:21 p.m Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 Sports
Staff Writer
Wittenberg celebrates a victory against DePauw on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff

The No. 3 Wittenberg Tigers broke open a close game in the final 12 minutes to stay perfect at 21-0, beating Oberlin 77-56 on the road Saturday. Wittenberg needs five more wins to tie the school record for consecutive victories.

Wittenberg led 33-30 at halftime, and it was still a seven-point game with 9:42 to play. A layup by Jake Bertemes at the 9:26 mark started a 13-0 run by the Tigers. Oberlin didn’t score again until the 3:21 mark.

Bertemes led the Tigers with 16 points. Chad Roy scored 14. Mitch Balser had 12. James Johnson and Rashaad Ali-Shakir scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.

Wittenberg shot 47.3 percent from the floor and held Oberlin (9-12, 3-11) to 39.3 percent shooting. The Tigers made 16 of 19 free throws (84.2 percent). Oberlin made 5 of 10.

Wittenberg improved to 14-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference with four games to play. The Tigers lead Wooster (17-4, 11-3) by three games. The Scots beat Denison 77-70 on Saturday.

Wittenberg hosts Wabash (11-10, 7-7) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and then plays at Hiram (12-9, 8-6) at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10.