The Heidelberg University men’s basketball team traveled to New Concord, Ohio to try and end their seven game losing streak against Muskingum University. Four Student Princes struck career highs in a 79-72 win over the Fighting Muskies.
Senior big man Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) tied a career-high with 30 points in New Concord. Davis’s 30 points was accompanied by 13 rebounds, earning Nate his 20th career double-double. Davis also tallied three blocks and three steals in the victory.
Senior Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, PA./Harvest Prep) tied his career-high of 11 rebounds while scoring 14 points and recording three assists against the Muskies. His preformance in New Concord earned Givner his third career double-double.
Freshman Josh Pollner (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) collected seven rebounds for the Student Princes, which is a career high for the freshman. Pollner also recorded two points, one assist and one steal off of the bench for the Berg.
Sophomore transfer Keith Mackie (Detroit, MI./Fr. Gabriel Richard) led the Heidelberg bench in scoring with seven points while recording a career-high four rebounds.
Junior Mike Petrie (Columbus/Beechcroft) finished second in scoring for the Berg, dropping 15 points on the Muskies.
The Student Princes took a two-point lead just 1:09 into the game and maintained the advantage for a majority of the first half. Muskingum brought the game to a tie twice in the first half, gaining a brief lead twice.
The Berg took a three-point lead into the locker room with the score, 36-33.
In the second half, the Student Princes gained a six-point advantage with a Davis jumper at the 17:50 mark, but the Muskies tied the game for the third time at the 16:42 mark with a jumper from Dave Brown.
Brown led all scorers with 36 points.
Muskingum took their second lead of the game at the 13:23 mark in the second half with a layup by Jared Hood.
The Berg would battle back to tie the game once again with 5:56 left to play on a Petrie free throw that was followed by a pair of Givner free throws that gave Heidelberg a two point advantage.
Heidelberg took their largest lead of the game, 10, with a pair of Petrie free throws with 1:44 left to play in regulation.
The Muskies would chip away at the Heidelberg lead, bringing the deficit to four with under a minute to play, but another pair of Petrie free throws and a Davis free throw gave the Student Princes a seven point lead, resulting in the 79-72 final.
With the victory over Muskingum, the Heidelberg men now sit at 10-13 overall and 5-11 in the Ohio Athletic Conference with only two OAC contests remaining.
The Heidelberg men’s basketball team and fifth year head coach Anthony Gholson will travel to Baldwin Wallace University to battle the Yellow Jackets and former Heidelberg head coach Duane Sheldon on Wednesday, February 13 in their final road contest of the 2012-2013 season. Tip off from Berea, Ohio is slated for 7:30 p.m.