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Heidelberg men v. Muskingum

February 20, 2010 - Zach Baker

Halfway through the first half, Heidelberg leads Muskingum, 21-19. Muskingum is in this game because of the long distance shot. The Muskies have made six so far, making John Carroll's run from Wednesday look like child's play.

'Heidelberg's Calver is 0 of 3 from 3-point land. Muskingum's made seven, and five minutes remain in the half. Muskingm's shooting has been outstanding so far, and it leads, 32-31. 

Fittingly, Muskingum's Nick Herschberger drains a 3 from the right wing at the buzzer, giving the Muskies a 40-39 lead at the half.  It's not like the Muskies are making easy or undefended shots. But when a team makes 7 of 9 3-pointers, there isn't much you can do. Each team is shooting really well. Each made 16 of 28 baskets. Heidelberg has made 5 of 6 foul shots, Muskingum has made just 1. But the 3's have made the difference.

 Muskingum has made 2 of 3 3-pointers, and lead 48-47 at the 15-minute mark. Muskingum's Herschberger is something. He reminds me of Andrew Lemmon, that he looks like a post, but if you leave him open on the perimeter, he'll bury you. He has 9.

Josh Calver just tossed up a ball to the rim that Nate Davis rammed home and was fouled.  three point play. Muskingum answers with a three-point play of its own, and leads, 59-58 with 10:15 left.

Muskingum has opened up a 69-63 lead with 6:43 left. Muskingum has shot the lights out so far, and after a couple of Heidelberg misses, the Muskies were able to stretch the lead out a bit.

Dane Givner makes a three-point play, but then commits a foul at half cour, leading to two free throws for Muskingum. It's little things like that -- an inability to really grab momentum, that has hurt HU today. 73-68, 5:17 left.

Nate Davis is having a tremendous game. He was just fed for a layup, caught the ball and laid it in. He got fouled, and completed the three-point play. Two dunks, 20 points.

HU leads, 76-75, 3:30 left.

Travis Kinn has 11 points, most coming in the second half. Heidelberg leads, 81-78, with the ball. Any fouls will be two-shot fouls from here on out.

Kinn makes a layup to up HU's lead to five. Muskingum answers with a layup of its own. HU needs to be mindful of two things : No shot clock, and Muskingum has the arrow. 83-80,

Smalley is fouled with 25 seconds left. He makes the first. Misses second. Muskingum's Colin Mass goes to line with 18 seconds left, down four. He splits.

Calver has tgwo. Make em both, and its smooth. He makes one. Calver makes em both. 7.6 left, HU leads, 86-81. Looking good.

86-82 final.


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