Men’s basketball drop out of Wabash shootout to open conference


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GRANVILLE, Ohio (November 28, 2021) – The Denison University men’s basketball team played a very competitive game, but ultimately failed by a final score of 92-87 against Wabash College in their first game of the North Coast Athletic Conference of 2021-22 season.

Denison (1-5 overall, 0-1 NCAC) scored at least 42 points while shooting at least 45% from the field in both halves while Wabash (3-2, 1-0) scored 46 points and shot over 54% in both halves.

Additionally, both teams shot over 40 percent from threes for the game and grabbed 32 rebounds, and the teams combined for 19 3-pointers, but one of the small differences in the contest was that Wabash pulled it off. a perfect 16-for-16 freestyle. throwing line versus 10 for 14 shots from the line for Denison.

It was also a great effort from a Denison team against a Wabash team who were chosen to finish second in the NCAC preseason coaching poll and who had just dropped seven points to the level ranked team. National in Division III of the NCAA. with an eight-point victory over the 13th-ranked team in the country.

Denison dominated on bench points (43-6) while more than half of the game’s points came in the paint, where there was a slight 50-42 advantage for the Little Giants.

In total, the game featured nine draws and 13 lead changes, the last of which was two free throws from Wabash to take a 75-74 lead with 4:26 remaining. From there Denison came one point back on four occasions, but each time Wabash had an answer on his next possession.

The last time Denison came back to one was on a 3 point par Will hunter to bring the score to 84-83 with 1:39 remaining, but the Little Giants’ back-to-back layups made it a five-point game (88-83) with just 32 seconds left.

A layup by Darren rubin did it 88-85 with 22 seconds left, but Wabash managed to salt the game at the free throw line by getting 14 for 14 in the second half and making four free throws in the final 17 seconds.

Earlier in the second half, Denison was leading up to nine points with a 69-60 lead after Rubin’s one-and-one with 9:37 to go. It was the end of a 15-2 run for the Big Red which started with them four (58-54) with 14:54 to go and featured two 3-pointers from Hunter. From there, Wabash came back to take the lead in a 15-5 run ending in both free throws with 4:26 remaining.

Rubin scored 24 points for the Big Red while Hunter added 14 in his debut in the season and Kevin cheng finished with 11. Ricky radtke and Freeman Brou both finished with seven rebounds and two steals while Brou also added two blocks and Radtke added five assists, all team highs for Denison.

Denison’s next game will be his first road conference game of the season as the Big Red takes on DePauw University at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, before heading home for two home conference games against the Ohio Wesleyan University on December 4, and against Hiram College on December 8.

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