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Lords put Big Red on ice

Brad Woolard scored 16 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Brad Woolard scored 16 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Ikenna Nwadibia scored 23 points and Brian Lebowitz added 18 points and 10 rebounds as Kenyon held off Denison 73-61, on Wednesday night in Granville.

The Lords utilized a 10-0 run over a six minute span late in the first half to take a 39-29 lead into the locker room.  Brad Woolard and Alex Longi both tallied eight points in the first half, but 10 DU turnovers were turned into 14 points by the Lords.

In the second half, the Big Red improved and had the Kenyon advantage trimmed to six points with 7:08 to play.  Like the first half, the Lords would go on a 10-0 run over the next five minutes of play, effectively sealing up a key road conference victory.

Six of Kenyon's 10 points during the pivotal run came from Nwadibia who was 8-for-11 from the field and 7-of-12 from the free throw line in 35 minutes.  As a team, Kenyon shot 56 percent and were 5-of-9 (.556) from 3-point range.  Lebowitz was 6-for-10, while nine of his game-high 10 rebounds came on the defensive end.  Senior guard Julian Pavlin chipped in 12 points to round out the Lords' scoring leaders.

Denison held a slim 33-32 advantage on the glass but shot 39 percent as a team.  Longi led the way with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes.  Woolard followed with 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists in just 26 minutes.  He was especially effective during the second half charge that cut the Kenyon lead down to six.

Briggs King followed with nine points off a 4-of-8 shooting performance.  David Meurer rounded out the Denison scoring leaders with eight points.

Denison falls to 6-8 overall and 2-5 in North Coast Athletic Conference play while the Lords improve to 7-7 and 4-3 in the NCAC.  The Big Red will look to bounce back on Saturday (Jan. 18) when they host Allegheny at 3 p.m.

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