‘Restricted attendance policy’ in place for Wittenberg’s Sweet 16 game at Mount Union

Wittenberg University senior Jake Bertemes and junior Landon Martin celebrate after beating Susquehanna 77-73 in an NCAA Division III second round game on Saturday night at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER
Wittenberg University senior Jake Bertemes and junior Landon Martin celebrate after beating Susquehanna 77-73 in an NCAA Division III second round game on Saturday night at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER

No. 9 Tigers play No. 5 Purple Raiders on the road Friday

There will be a “restricted attendance policy” in place for the Wittenberg men’s basketball team’s NCAA tournament game at Mount Union on Friday.

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The schools announced Wednesday, based on recommendations from Gov. Mike DeWine, regarding the potential spread of the Coronavirus, “There will be no public ticket sales and only institutional personnel, student-athlete family members, credentialed media, radio crews, and official team party members will be permitted” to attend the Sweet 16 game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

According to a Wittenberg press release, “for fans that have purchased pre-sale tickets on-line, you will receive a full refund for your purchase unless you are designated by one of the players on their immediate family list and plan on attending the game. If you are on a student-athlete's immediate family list and don't plan on attending the game, please contact Bret Billhardt at billhardtb@wittenberg.edu to request your refund.”

No. 9 Wittenberg (28-2) beat Susquehanna 77-73 on Saturday in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2012. No. 5 Mount Union (27-3) has won 19 games in a row.