Big Red overpowers Yeomen

Briggs King (#44) led DU with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Briggs King (#44) led DU with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Denison connected on nine 3-point field goals and shot 43 percent from the field in the second half. That was enough to push them to a 71-60 victory over Oberlin College on Wednesday night from Granville, Ohio.

Denison held Oberlin to 23 points in the first half and held a 10-point lead at the intermission.  In the second half, the Yeomen played the Big Red nearly point for point but the closest they could trim the deficit was six points with 15:23 to play.  Over the final 10 minutes of the game Oberlin never got the Denison advantage below nine points.

The Big Red got another inspired performance out of junior forward Briggs King.  In his third game back with the team after spending the fall semester studying abroad, King posted 15 points, 14 rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes.

Senior guard Alex Longi matched King in the scoring department with 15 points while going 4-of-9 from the floor.  He also posted eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.  Freshman guard David Meurer added 13 points, three assists and two steals while fellow local product Brad Woolard chipped in eight points and six rebounds.

Oberlin was led in scoring by Austin Little's 20 points.  He was 6-of-15 from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.  The Yeomen's 6-9 center, Randy Ollie, finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

DU connected on 25-of-61 shots for 41 percent.  They were 9-for-23 from 3-point range (.391) and they outrebounded Oberlin 45-38.

Meanwhile, Oberlin shot 34 percent from the field and was 6-for-20 from beyond the arc.

Denison improves to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the North Coast Athletic Conference with the victory.  Oberlin drops to 4-8 and 1-5 in conference play. The Big Red will travel to Crawfordsville, Ind. this Saturday (Jan. 11) for a 3 p.m. clash with Wabash College.  Denison will return to Livingston Gym next Wednesday (Jan. 15) when they host Kenyon College at 8 p.m.