TIFFIN – Heidelberg University jumped to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in an 89-73 Ohio Athletic Conference victory over the Wilmington College men’s basketball team at Seiberling Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
The Student Princes led 18-15 early in the first half. A DaeShawn Jackson layup at the 10:32 mark got the Fightin’ Quakers back within six (20-14), but that’s a close as they would get as Heidelberg went on a 16-2 run that spanned nearly eight minutes to open up a 20-point lead.
The Quakers, who trailed 46-27 at halftime, got as close as 13 points in the second half, but couldn’t get closer as Heidelberg earned the season split.
The hosts finished better than 50 percent from both the field and beyond the three-point arc to go along with a 25-of-29 (86.2 percent) performance from the charity stripe. Wilmington was held to under 35 percent from the field and from distance and made 15-of-25 of their free throw attempts. Heidelberg, 19 turnovers, held a 45-33 rebounding edge.
Jackson finished with 20 points to lead all scorers while Colin Myers and Jeffery Mansfield also scored in double figures for Wilmington.
The Quakers (7-12, 5-7 OAC) head to Otterbein University on Wednesday evening.