February 12, 2014

Big Red splits series with Kenyon

Denison rallied from a late deficit to pick up a 75-68 win over North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon on Wednesday night from the Tomsich Arena in Gambier, Ohio.

With the score tied at 4-4 early in the contest, the Big Red went on a 14-0 run that was highlighted by three 3-pointers from sophomore Darius White.  The Lords responded with a 14-5 run to shrink the gap to five, but another late burst sent Denison into the locker room with a 32-22 lead.

Trailing by 12 early in the second half, Kenyon engineered a 24-11 run to take its first lead of the game at 48-47 midway through the period.  DU quickly regained the lead with a David Meurer layup.  Now down 53-51, the home team rattled off nine of the next 10 points to build a six-point lead with 5:50 remaining in regulation.

Sophomore Patrick Keller broke up the Denison scoring drought with a pair of free throws with 4:22 to play. On the ensuing possession, junior Briggs King forced a Julian Pavlin turnover over to give the Big Red another quick possession. After working through its offense, senior Alex Longi found King who buried a three to trim the deficit to one.

After holding the Lords to one attempt on their next trip down the floor, Longi converted down low to regain the lead. King continued the momentum swing with back-to-back triples on two-straight possessions to extended DU's lead to 67-60.

Kenyon cut the deficit to four with 93 seconds on the clock, but an 8-for-10 performance at the charity stripe over the final 40 seconds secured the Big Red victory.  Down the stretch, Meurer went a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line.

Meurer and Longi co-led Denison with 18 points apiece.  Meurer went 3-for-6 from the field and 12-for-13 at the free throw line in 29 minutes.  Longi was 6-for-12 from the floor and connected on 6-of-8 attempts at the stripe.  The senior also grabbed seven boards and dished out five assists.  Brad Woolard finished the night with 14 points and six rebounds, while King logged nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

Ikenna Nwadibia paced the Lords with 18 points, while Brian Lebowitz logged a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Pavlin also chipped in 12 points in 31 minutes.

Denison converted 42 percent (21-for-50) from the field, while Kenyon went 27-for-69 (39.1 percent) from the floor.  The Big Red also converted 76.5 percent (26-for-34) at the foul line and scored 18 points off turnovers.

With the win, the Big Red moves to 11-11 overall and 7-8 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Kenyon falls to 10-12 and 7-8 in league play. Denison returns to action this Saturday when they host Wabash on Senior Day.  Tip-off from Livingston Gymnasium is slated for 3 p.m.