Wittenberg against Denison on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Wittenberg beats Wabash for ninth straight victory

Tigers close the regular season Saturday against Hiram

The No. 5 Wittenberg Tigers won their ninth straight game Wednesday, beating Wabash 78-69 in Crawfordsville, Ind.

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It was a close game until the final minutes. Wittenberg held a 66-65 lead with 4:22 to play. Connor Seipel made 1 of 2 free throws at that point. Jake Bertemes then made two free throws with 3:52 to play.

Baskets by Seipel and Landon Martin continued the run as the Tigers stretched the lead to 73-65 with 2:27 to go.

Wittenberg (23-1, 16-1) clinched the North Coast Athletic Conference championship Saturday with an 88-81 victory against Wooster (18-6, 12-5) and now leads the conference by four games with one game to play. The Tigers close the regular season at home at 3 p.m. Saturday against Hiram (7-17, 4-13).

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Bertemes led Wittenberg with 19 points against Wabash (16-8, 12-5). Seipel scored 17 and had 12 rebounds and five assists. James Johnson had 13 points. Martin scored 10.

Wittenberg shot 49.1 percent from the field and outscored Wabash 18-8 at the free-throw line.

The Tigers completed a season sweep of Wabash. They won the first game 84-74 on Jan. 15.

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