Wittenberg Tigers upset No. 9 Denison

Jan 29, 2017
Staff Writer
Wittenberg coach Matt Croci, center, celebrates a basket against Capital on Nov. 29. David Jablonski/Staff

The Wittenberg Tigers recorded the most impressive victory of the Matt Croci era so far, upsetting No. 9 Denison 71-70 in Granville on Saturday.

Shawnee grad Jaelin Williams, a Wittenberg senior, blocked a shot by Denison’s Bret Woolard at the buzzer. Williams led the Tigers with 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting. He had a team-high eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

Wittenberg trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and trailed 69-59 with 3:46 to go. It outscored Denison 12-1 the rest of the way and took the lead on a jump shot by Shane Edwards with 10 seconds left.

Wittenberg (13-6, 7-5) lost three of its first four games in January but has now won three straight. It beat DePauw 59-48 in its previous game Wednesday. It has back-to-back victories on the road against DePauw and Denison after losing to both at home in back-to-back games in December.

Denison (17-2, 11-1) suffered its first North Coast Athletic Conference loss and saw its nine-game winning streak end. The Big Red lead the conference by a game over Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. Wittenberg is in fourth place.