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Heidelberg makes big second half comeback in OAC quarterfinal

BEREA — Heidelberg’s up-and-down season was encapsulated in Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday against Baldwin Wallace.

The Student Princes shot about 35% in the first half, and went to the break trailing the Yellow Jackets 38-27.

But the second half was a different story. Behind a brilliant effort from Tamal Watkins, the Princes stormed back.

Watkins finished with 30 points and five rebounds, making 6 of 8 3-pointers. HU scored 48 points in the second half, shot better than 61 percent from the floor, and advanced to Thursday’s semifinals with a 75-69 win.

The Student Princes will take on Mount Union at 7 p.m. Thursday in Alliance. Heidelberg split the regular season series with the Purple Raiders, and handed them their only conference loss Jan. 4 at Seiberling Gymnasium.

On Tuesday, Emmanuel Perdue had 19 points and six boards, while Josh Dixon had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Heidelberg improved to 12-14. It marked HU coach Andy Bucheit’s first tournament win as coach.

Baldwin Wallace got 24 points and 16 rebounds from Drew Sova. It finished at 14-12. It beat Heidelberg in each of the teams’ regular season meetings.

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