WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Keene State College men's basketball team allowed the No. 24 College of Wooster to shoot 57% from three point range in the Owls' eventual 93-76 defeat to the Scots in the E.M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic/Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday evening at Timken Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 3-6
- Wooster: 8-1
How it Happened
Sophomore Jeric Cichon led the Owls with a career high 12 points, while freshmen Nick Redden (11 points) and Jeff Hunter (10 points) were the only other Owls to record double-figures. Juniors Sidi Diallo and James Anozie and sophomore Tony Harris each added eight points for KSC. Senior Ben Olson added seven points, nine rebounds, and five steals off the bench.
Four of Wooster's five starters scored in double-figures, led by 21 from senior Danyon Hempy and 19 from junior Dontae Williams. Senior Trenton Tipton and junior Keonn Scott both tossed in 13.
The Scots rolled out to an early lead, going up 10-2 on Hempy's bucket with just 3:08 played in the game as the Owls missed six of their first seven shots from the field. Drew Bishop's three with 12:05 left in the half extended the Wooster lead to 21-5, and Brandon Styers' steal and layup gave the Scots a 25-9 lead before the Owls began chipping away. Harris knocked down a triple with 9:20 on the clock, then added another basket following a Scots miss that cut the lead to 25-14. Cichon fed Ben Olson for a layup, then scored himself on the next KSC possession to trim the lead to seven with 8:20 left in the half.
The sophomore continued to keep the Owls in the game, converting an old fashioned three-point play that kept the Owls within seven (28-21) with 7:22 left in the half, but the Owls went cold, scoring just three points, all on free throws, over the next four minutes while Wooster increased the lead to 35-24. DeVon Beasley drilled a three with 3:10 left that cut the lead to 35-27, but Wooster's Khaylen Mahdi responded with a three on the next trip down the court, kickstarting a 10-4 run to close the half that gave the Scots a 45-31 lead at the break.
The Owls got within 12 on Olson's layup with 17:13 left in the game, but the Scots began to pull away, as Hempy produced a three point play, followed by a three pointer on the next trip down the court for a 59-39 lead. Wooster led by as many as 21 before Harris hit a three with 39 seconds left to help set the final margin.
Inside the Paint
- Cichon became the sixth different player to lead Keene State in scoring in a game this season, joining Marcus McCarthy, Miguel Prieto, James Anozie, Nick Redden, and Nyzair Rountree.
- The Owls shot a nearly identical percentage (46.2% to the Scots (47.8%), but allowed Wooster to make 15 threes compared to just nine for KSC. The 15 threes were the most allowed by the Owls in a game this season.
- The Scots held a slim edge on the boards (39-33) and committed 16 turnovers to Keene State's 18. Wooster also went to the free throw line 16 times, making 14, while the Owls were just 7-for-9 from the charity stripe.
- Keene State takes on John Carroll (Ohio) on the second day of the tournament at 4:30 p.m. The Scots will host Whitworth on the same day, with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.