Wooster hands No. 2 Wittenberg men first loss of season

Wittenberg’s Matt Croci talks to the team before a game against Denison on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville.
Wittenberg’s Matt Croci talks to the team before a game against Denison on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Wittenberg women beat Wooster for ninth straight victory

The second-ranked Wittenberg Tigers men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, while the Wittenberg women stayed hot with their ninth straight victory.

Wittenberg (14-1, 7-1) men fell into a first-place tie with No. 20 Wooster (13-2, 7-1), losing 98-86 to the rival Scots at Timken Gymnasium. The teams meet again Feb. 15 at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.

Wittenberg had won four of the last five meetings after losing 11 of 12 games in the series between 2012 and 2017.

Wooster took control of this game early, turning a 15-11 lead into a 24-12 advantage with a 9-1 run in a three-minute stretch. It pushed the lead to 52-33 at halftime and led by as many as 27 points in the second half.

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Wooster shot 63.3 percent from the field and 54.5 percent (12 of 22) from 3-point range. Danyon Hempy scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting.

Rashaad Ali-Shakir led Wittenberg with 18 points. James Johnson and Jake Bertemes each scored 16.

The Wittenberg women (12-4. 5-2) won 80-74 at Wooster. The winning streak is the program’s longest in coach Kelly Mahlum’s four seasons.

Abigail Yunker had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Delaney Williams scored 17 points. Korynne Berner and Kristie Kalis each had 15 points.