Tiffin, Ohio – January 29, 2011 – Under the guidance of third-year head coach Anthony Gholson, the Heidelberg University men’s basketball team doubled up its fight Saturday afternoon in Seiberling Gymnasium. First on its list was Muskingum University and the Berg topped the visitors 76-68 at the final horn.
The win over the Muskies improved the Berg to 10-9 overall and 8-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Heidelberg remains in a tie for third place in the league standings with John Carroll University and is just two games out of the top spot. Muskingum falls to 6-13 and 2-10.
Second on the agenda was the fight against cancer. Heidelberg took part in the Coaches vs. Cancer program sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Basketball Coaches Association. All proceeds from today’s game were donated to help with the fight against cancer. To help raise awareness the Heidelberg coaching staff wore gym shoes, while all members of the team wore purple shoe laces.
Heidelberg opened up to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. Its early lead was extended to double digits at 28-18 following a Quintin Aden Jr. (Canal Winchester, Ohio / Harvest Preparatory) jumper at the 5:40 mark in the first half. Muskingum responded and pulled within five, 35-30, at halftime.
In the second half, Muskingum’s Carson Thomas connected from long range to cut Heidelberg’s lead to one point, 47-46, with 13:40 left in the game. Heidelberg answered with a 10-2 run and the Muskies never got closer then three points for the remainder of the game.
For the game, Heidelberg shot 46.4 percent (32-of-69) from the field, while Muskingum connected on 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the floor. On the glass, Heidelberg and Muskingum were even at 43 boards apiece.
Leading a balanced scoring attack for the Berg was Darion Capers (Dayton, Ohio / Trotwood-Madison) with 15 points. Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Harvest Preparatory) and Kyle Tuley (Berea, Ohio / Berea) followed with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers) led the way on the glass with eight rebounds, while Tuley hauled in seven.
Thomas led Muskingum with 12 points and Kyle Clinedinst had a double-double consisting of 11 points and 11 rebounds.