GAMBIER, Ohio – The combination of a slow start offensively and a physical battle on the defensive end of the floor led to a struggle Wednesday night for the Kenyon College men’s basketball team, which fell to The College of Wooster Fighting Scots, 87-62.
Wooster (17-7, 14-3 NCAC) wasted no time controlling both ends of the floor in the game’s first 10 minutes. The Lords managed to make just four baskets in that time frame, while Wooster put up a 10-for-22 showing, including 16 points in the paint. The run started with several layups, continued with a three-point shot from Danyon Hempy and was capped off with a dunk from Alex Baptiste.
Rebounding in the same time period also went overwhelmingly in the favor of the Fighting Scots, who posted a 17-6 advantage. When the dust settled, Wooster owned a 43-24 edge on the scoreboard after 20 minutes.
The second half was more competitive from a scoring margin standpoint. Three-point shooting was key for Kenyon, as it knocked down seven of its last 14 shots from outside.
Junior Alexander Powell was responsible for a trio of those three-pointers and was the only Lord to reach double figures with his fifteen points. Ryan O’Neil, Ethan Shapiro and Alex Cate all scored seven. Bennett Grigull was held to five points, but he did manage a team-high seven rebounds.
Wooster had four scorers reach double figures. Hempy wound up knocking down four three-pointers en route to a 20-point night. Reece Dupler added 18, Milt Davis had 13 and Spencer Williams pitched in with ten. Eric Bulic failed to score for Wooster, but he collected 17 rebounds and steered the Fighting Scots to a 51-33 advantage on the boards.
The Lords (5-19, 4-13 NCAC) remain tied with Allegheny College for the eighth seed in upcoming North Coast Atlantic Conference tournament and will finish their regular season Saturday at Hiram College. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Allegheny will host Ohio Wesleyan University at the same time Saturday.