MARIETTA - For the second time in three days, Heidelberg's men's basketball went overtime on the road against an Ohio Athletic Conference opponent.
After losing to John Carroll in overtime Wednesday, the Student Princes faced an even tougher test, traveling to Marietta to face the Pioneers, a team with only two conference losses.
With a red-hot Mike Petrie and another monstrous effort from Nate Davis, Heidelberg was close - so close - to pulling an upset.
But once again, the Student Princes fell short, this time in double overtime, 92-89.
Just getting to overtime required some doing. After leading by 12 at the half, the Pioneers (16-5, 12-2) rallied, taking a 70-64 lead when Tyler Worstell hit a pair of free throws with 26 seconds left.
Petrie brought HU back in short order. First he hit a 3 with 17 seconds left to cut Marietta's lead to three. Then, after the Pioneers' Tyler Hammond missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Petrie got the ball again, this time from 25 feet out. He nailed the shot with 11 seconds left.
A defensive stop later, and HU and Marietta went to overtime.
It was a career day for Petrie, who tied an HU record with eight treys. He also had a career-best 26 points to go along with five boards.
Heidelberg coach Anthony Gholson said his team kept pushing, even when things didn't go its way.
"One of the things this team never does, they never quit," Gholson said. bot of them were pretty deep,
The Student Princes (9-12, 4-10) had a four-point lead with 1:50 left in OT when Petrie split a pair of foul shots.
Things looked even better for HU when Jackson Blue corralled a rebound with 1:18 left. But as he got the ball, Blue was called for flagrant foul, which gave Marietta two shots and the ball.
Gholson said he didn't agree with the call, but it gave the Pioneers a big boost. Hammond made two free throws to cut HU's lead to two.
The game remained that way until Petrie was fouled with 18 seconds left. Petrie made one of two free throws to extend Heidelberg's lead to 79-76.
But Worstell then drained a 3 with 10 second left to tie things again.
"It was a deep 3, 24 feet," Gholson said. "He threw it in. It was tough. Kid made a play."
Heidelberg had a chance to win, but Dane Givner missed a layup with three seconds left, and the teams headed to double overtime.
By that time, Gholson said his players were exhausted, and the Pioneers took a lead and held on to win.
J.J. Martin had 18 points, nine rebounds for Marietta, while Hammond had 17 points.
Davis had 15 points, 17 rebounds in the loss. Ishaam Smith had 18 points for Heidelberg, while Givner had 12 points and Blue had eight points, eight rebounds.
Gholson said his team played well enough to prove it can be dangerous the rest of the season.
"If they keep playing like they're playing, we're gonna meet these teams again in the OAC tournament," he said.
Pioneers upend HU
MARIETTA - Tori Dixon had 21 points, and Candice Alexander had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Marietta downed visiting Heidelberg, 69-64.
The teams came in with identical 1-12 Ohio Athletic Conference records, and the win gave Marietta's a game lead for the final spot in the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament.
Heidelberg's Kathleen Phillips had 21 points and five rebounds, one of three HU players to reach double figures in scoring.
Columbian graduate Megan Miller had 16 points for the Student Princes, while Paige Ricketts had 13 points to go with eight rebounds.
Heidelberg fell to 5-16. Marietta improved to 7-14.
Student Princes attend Findlay Open
FINDLAY - Mary Beth Boyden set a school record while several other Berg athletes finished in top 8 at the Findlay Open indoor track meet
Boyden tossed the weight 46-11 which bettered her prior mark of 45-5 1/4. It helped her finish ninth the event.
She added a fifth in the shot (41-1 1/4).
Jacob Berryman was fourth in the 800 on the boys side while Hopewell-Loudon Avery Gatchell finished eighth in the 800 (2:04.32).
Dusty Kuess finished fourth in the 3,000 (9:33.55).
Tiffin falls to Ashland
No. 25 Tiffin University's wrestling team had a single winner against No. 12 Ashland at home; finishing with a 35-3 loss.
Tiffin's (5-7, 1-3 GLIAC) Ryan McKenzie was the only winner, taking a 3-1 decision over Jacob Garringer in the 141 pound weight class. Jake Cramer fell to Bryson Hall in a close 4-3 decision in the 174 pound final while TU wrestler Isaac Williams fell 3-2 to Zebulun Beam in the 157 pound final.
Tiffin wrestles West Liberty State at home on February 9 at 7PM.
Tiffin wins SPIRE indoor track meet
PAINESVILLE - Tiffin University men and women both captured team titles at the NCAA Division II Spire Challenge.
The men scored 93 1/2 points, 25 1/2 more than runner-up Malone (68).
The women cruised to a 98 point victory , 30 over Winston Salem State (68).
Eugene Cannaday leaped 6-10 1/4 for first in the high jump while finishing runner-up in the long jump (22-11 3/4). Both marks were NCAA provisional.
Ishan Garrett captured the 200 (22.04) while Ralph Robinson tossed the 35-lb. Weight 55-10 1/4 for first.
On the women's side Ashley DeWitt threw the 20-lb weight 61-4 1/4 and shot put 46-5 1/4. Both marks granted her first place finishes and NCAA provisional marks.
The 4 x 400 relay team of Taylor Deskins, Kiona Anderson, Robyn Banks and Candace Longino-Thomas finished first (3:48.12) and set the school record. It was also a NCAA provisional mark.