» GAME STORY: Tigers rally to beat Wooster
Fifth-ranked Wittenberg (23-2, 16-2) clinched its first outright North Coast Athletic Conference championship since 2012. That was also the last time it swept the regular-season series from Wooster, and it also beat Wooster in overtime in Springfield that season.
This latest victory will rank among the best games in the series. Jake Bertemes capped a 10-point comeback in the final 90 seconds with a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Then he won the game with a 3-point play with 1 second left in overtime.
“It was a tough call for them,” Bertemes said of the foul called on the play. “He just kind of brushed my side.”
The Tigers move into the NCAC tournament as the No. 1 seed. They play No. 8 seed Oberlin (12-13, 6-12) at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Springfield.
Wittenberg coach Matt Croci talks about NCAC tournament
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Wittenberg beat Oberlin 78-65 on Nov. 29 in Springfield and 77-56 on Feb. 3 in Oberlin.
“We had two really competitive games with Oberlin,” Croci said. “The first game here we only won by 13, and they were missing one of their best players. The second game, it was a one-possession game at halftime. We know we have to be ready to go tomorrow, and we’ll worry about who were playing Friday if we get there.”
If Wittenberg wins Tuesday, it would play No. 4 seed Hiram (15-10, 11-7) or No. 5 seed Denison (14-11, 10-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Pam Evans Smith Arena. No. 3 seed Ohio Wesleyan (17-8, 12-6) hosts No. 6 DePauw (11-14, 7-11), and No. 2 Wooster (20-5, 14-4) hosts No. 7 DePauw (11-14, 7-11) in the other quarterfinals Tuesday.