The No. 4 Wittenberg Tigers survived a second-half comeback by Ohio Wesleyan to win 69-55 in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday at Pam Evans Smith Arena.
Wittenberg (25-1), which won its 11th game in a row, led 37-22 at halftime. Ohio Wesleyan got as close as two points midway through the second half. Wittenberg secured the victory with a 10-0 run starting at the 6:21 mark.
Connor Seipel led Wittenberg with 18 points. Rashaad Ali-Shakir scored 14. Jorday Pumroy had 11.
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The victory means Wittenberg will play host to the NCAC semifinals Friday and the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday.
No. 1 seed Wittenberg will play No. 5 seed Oberlin at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Oberlin beat No. 4 seed DePauw 74-63.
The other semifinal matches No. 3 Wooster vs. No. 7 Denison at 7:30 p.m. Wooster routed No. 6 Allegheny 92-66. Denison upset No. 2 Wabash 75-69.
Tickets for the semifinal games go on sale at 4 p.m. Friday in the Hall of Honor Room off the Legends Lobby of the HWA Complex. Championship game tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. Saturday in the same location.
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Here are the prices: adults, $10; NCAC guest pass, $5; children, student (without NCAC institution ID), $5; NCAC student (with NCAC institution ID), free.
Women’s basketball: No. 3 seed Wittenberg (19-7) advanced to the semifinals with a 46-36 victory at home Tuesday against No. 6 Oberlin three days after losing 71-54 at Oberlin. Korynne Berner led the Tigers with 14 points. Riley Culver scored 11.
The semifinals and finals will take place at DePauw. Wittenberg will play No. 2 seed Denison at 7 p.m. Friday. No. 1 DePauw plays No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan at 5 p.m. The championship game takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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