The Wittenberg men’s basketball team won its North Coast Athletic Conference opener, 85-69 at Pam Evans Smith Arena on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 3-1 overall.
Sam Collins led the way with a season-high 22 points, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the field and 6-of-8 free throws. He had 17 of his 22 points in the first half.
Collins scored 11, 2 and 7 points in the first three games and increased his season scoring average to 10.5 points with this game.
Scott Masin and Zack Leahy added 14 points each. They combined to make 11-of-16 shots. Masin led the Tigers with 10 rebounds, and Masin and Leahy each had three assists.
It was the second double-double in the first four games for Masin, and he’s scored in double figures in the last three games.
Landon Hormann, a freshman from West Liberty-Salem, scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
The Tigers led 16-6 after the first five minutes and 26-11 after 10 minutes. They led 49-30 at halftime and led comfortably throughout the second half.
Zach Moo Young had 13 points off the bench for Oberlin, and Geoff Simpson and Randy Ollie each scored 11.
Wittenberg shot 54 percent from the field to Oberlin’s 39 percent.
Wittenberg was picked to finish second in the NCAC this season, and Oberlin was picked to finish last. Wittenberg leads the all-time series against Oberlin 73-6 and has not lost to the Yeomen since 1979.
Wittenberg, DePauw, Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan are off to 1-0 starts in the conference.
Wittenberg’s next game is Wednesday at home against Otterbein at 7:30 p.m. It will travel to Wabash on Dec. 4 to resume NCAC play.
Women’s basketball: The Wittenberg women won their third straight game Saturday, 52-50 at Franklin. Heather Schroeder scored 18 points to lead the Tigers, and Amber Rice had 13.
The Tigers play at Otterbein at 7:30 p.m. tonight.