TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University men’s basketball team looks to carry the momentum of an overtime win on Saturday into an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Baldwin-Wallace College on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Rudolph Urpsrung Gymnasium in Berea, Ohio. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Live stats for the game will be available at http://homepages.bw.edu/~stats/mbasketball/xlive.htm.
The Student Princes (6-11, 4-6 OAC) are coming off of a thrilling 68-66 win in overtime Saturday against Wilmington College. Junior guard Quintin Aden’s (Canal Winchester/Harvest Prep) made the game-winning lay-up with two seconds left gave the Berg the win, pushing it into a tie for seventh in OAC standings. Junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep) scored a team-high 18 points while junior second-team honorable mention All-OAC forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard C.J. Powell (Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley) added 11 points off the bench.
Fourth-year head coach Anthony Gholson expects to start sophomore Lee Renner (Gibsonburg) and Givner in the backcourt and sophomore Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry), freshman Bryan Crawford (Delaware/Buckeye Valley) and Davis at the post positions. Givner leads Heidelberg into Berea averaging 12.8 points per game and grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game. Givner is also fourth in the OAC with 55 assists. Fortkamp averages 11.1 ppg. and 5.1 rpg. and is fourth in the conference with a 55.5 (76-137) field goal percentage. Davis tallies 10.6 ppg., is third in the OAC with 8.2 rpg. and leads the circuit with 37 blocks. In eight games (including four starts), Renner is averaging 5.6 ppg. and shooting 41.0 (16-of-39) percent from the field, including 35.7 (10-of-28) from three point. In 12 games (four starts), Crawford has tallied 2.0 ppg. and 1.3 rpg.
As a team, the Berg is fifth in the OAC in scoring with 70.8 ppg., second in rebounding with 38.4 rpg, shoots 43.7 percent and is first in the OAC with 4.3 blocks per game.
Baldwin Wallace (10-7, 5-5 OAC) is currently tied for fifth place in the OAC following a 74-51 loss Saturday at Marietta. Kyle Payne led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Kevin Krakowiak added 14 points and Chris Ameen came off the bench to tally 13 markers, but B-W shot just 36.8 (21-of-57) from the field, including 18.2 (four-of-22) percent from three point range.
Fourth-year head coach Duane Sheldon, former head coach at Heidelberg, will look to Promis Cabbil and Kevin Krakowiak at the guard positions and Ben Umbel, Tyler Ferrell and Payne in the front court. Payne is 10th in the OAC in scoring (13.8 ppg.) and tied for 10th with Umbel in rebounding (5.6 rpg.), is ninth with a 48.4 (78-of-61) shooting percentage and leads the team with 47 assists. Krakowiak tallies 12.8 ppg., is tied for ninth in the OAC with 28 three-pointers and is fifth with a 78.0 (39-of-50) free throw percentage. Umbel scores 7.0 ppg., leads the OAC with 41 steals and is fifth with 54 assists. Ferrell tallies 6.7 ppg. and 5.1 rpg. and shoots 46.0 (40-of-87) percent from the field. Cabbill scores 3.4 ppg. and has passed for 47 assists.
As a team, the Yellow Jackets score 73.5 ppg.—tied for third in the league—and are second in allowing just 65.9 ppg. B-W shoots 44.6 percent from the field, averages 37.2 rpg. and is second in the OAC with 123 three-pointers.
Heidelberg has won six of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, but is 1-3 in Berea. In the last game between the two teams in Tiffin on Dec. 7, 2011, B-W claimed a 90-69 win in what was Sheldon’s 100th career victory. Senior forward Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) poured in a game-high 22 points and Fortkamp added 11 points and six rebounds. Four Yellow Jackets—Ameen (17), Krakowiak (14), Ferrell (13) and Umbel (12)—scored in double figures. Both teams combined for 46 fouls and 46-of-66 from the charity stripe.
Following Wednesday’s game, Heidelberg returns to Tiffin Saturday, Jan. 28 to host Muskingum University at 4 p.m. in the second game of the Shoot for the Cure/Coaches vs. Cancer men’s and women’s doubleheader. Proceeds from both games will be donated to charity.
Probable Starters: Baldwin-Wallace (10-7, 5-5 OAC)
Promis Cabbil—17-17—3.4 ppg., 47 ast.
Kevin Krakowiak—17-17—12.8 ppg., 43.4 FG%, 35.9 3FG%
Kyle Payne—17-17—13.8 ppg., 48.4 FG%, 5.6 rpg., 68.8 FT%
Ben Umbel—17-17—7.0 ppg., 47.9 FG%, 74.2 FT%
Tyler Ferrell—16-16—6.7 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 46.0 FG%
Probable Starters: Heidelberg (6-11, 4-6 OAC)
Dane Givner—16-16—12.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 55 ast., 18 stl.
Lee Renner—8-4—5.6 ppg., 41.0 FG%, 35.7 3FG%
Victor Fortkamp—16-16—11.1 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 54.7 FG%, 72.9 FT%
Bryan Crawford—12-4—2.0 ppg., 38.9 FG%
Nate Davis—16-16—10.6 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 55.7 FG%, 74.1 FT%