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Big Red suffers road loss to Wooster

Devon Pitts scored 12 points on Sunday at Wooster.
Devon Pitts scored 12 points on Sunday at Wooster.

Spencer Williams scored 18 points as The College of Wooster handed Denison an 83-67 loss on Sunday at Timken Gymnasium.  That drops Denison to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference while Wooster improves to 7-4 and 3-1 in conference play.

Wooster trailed in the early going but posted an 8-2 run over the final 2:11 of the first half to take a 10-point lead into the intermission.

In the second half, Denison kept the game within reach and with 9:16 to play, after a pair of Max Siwik free throws, DU trailed by only seven.

The Fighting Scots came out of a timeout with a 3-pointer by Ari Stern to push the lead back to 10.

With just under three minutes to play, the Big Red found themselves in a three-possession ballgame, trailing 73-64 after a basket by Jett Speelman.  Wooster answered with a 10-3 run over the final 2:50 to lock up the win.

Denison just couldn't find its stroke from the field as they shot 37 percent (23-of-62) for the game and were only 5-of-22 from 3-point range.  Speelman paced DU with 17 points while Devon Pitts added 12 points and five rebounds.  Matthew Bauer also contributed11 points and 11 rebounds, marking his second-straight double-double.

While Williams led Wooster with 18 points, it was the Fighting Scot bench that proved to be the difference as they outscored the Big Red reserves 40-14.  Josh Kipfer tallied 14 points and led the home team with nine rebounds.  He was 7-of-9 from the field.  Mitch Balser chipped in 10 points in 19 minutes.

Wooster shot 48 percent from the field and were 8-of-20 (.400) from beyond the arc.  The rebounding battle was a stalemate as both teams finished with 35 rebounds apiece.

Denison will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when they host Capital University at 7 p.m.

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