Senior forward Connor Seipel tied his career high with 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Wittenberg Tigers to an 87-78 victory on the road Saturday against Brooklyn College (N.Y.) in their season opener.
The Tigers led 42-40 at halftime but gave up a 7-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half. The game was tied at 57-57 with 11:16 to play. Wittenberg then started an 8-0 run and didn’t trail again.
Seipel made 12 of 17 shots from the field and 9 of 10 free throws. Jake Bertemes added 16 points. Landon Martin scored 15.
Wittenberg made 10 of 23 3-pointers (43.5 percent). Martin, Bertemes, James Johnson and Levi Boettcher all hit two 3-pointers.
Wittenberg had a 46-28 rebounding advantage. Brooklyn, which finished 7-19 last season, made 10 of 19 3-pointers (52.6 percent). Jordan Wright scored 28 points.
Wittenberg returns to action at 4 p.m. Nov. 23 against Mount St. Joseph at Pam Evans Smith Arena.
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