The Kenyon Lords basketball team kept its postseason hopes alive behind the strength of its shooting on Saturday afternoon, topping the DePauw University Tigers, 90-68, in a North Coast Athletic Conference contest at Tomsich Arena.
The game marked the fifth time this season the Lords scored at least 90 points, while both their field-goal percentage (37-for-59, 62.7 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (14-for-23, 60.9 percent) ranked fourth-best in program history.
Overall, the Lords defense held DePauw to under 40 percent from the field (23-for-58; 39.7 percent). The team also finished with 17 assists to just seven turnovers and outrebounded the Tigers 32-27.
Four Lords finished in double figures: Matt Shifrin with 18, Phillip Crampton contributed 15, Alexander Powell dropped 14 and Ben Stern chipped in with 13. Carter Powell and Ryan O’Neil both had at least five assists, with the former recording six dimes. Six different Lords each hit a 3-pointer in the contest.
The Lords pulled even with Oberlin College in the NCAC standings with its win coupled with Oberlin’s loss on Saturday.
Both teams are tied for the final postseason spot with two games left in the regular season. The Lords will travel to The College Wooster on Wednesday before closing out the season with Senior Day against Hiram College next Saturday.
Sophomore point guard Jacob Paul sank two free throws with two seconds on the clock, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball scored 10 of the game’s final 11 points to sweep the regular-season series with Bethel, 75-73.
MVNU trailed by seven points at 72-65 with just 3:03 remaining after a high-arching three from Bethel’s Tanner Shepherd found its mark.
The comeback began with a 3-pointer from Brett Vipperman with 2:15 left to make it 72-68. Jeremiah Roberts cut it to two points with a put-back off the glass with 1:22 on the clock.
After Bethel called a timeout, Pilots’ guard Trey’von Covington drove to the basket, but MVNU forward Austin Jones denied the shot and corralled the defensive rebound.
MVNU then called a timeout to set up Roberts for a 3-pointer from the right corner that put the Cougars in front 73-72 with 35 seconds on the clock.
After a Bethel timeout on their ensuing possession, Paul Forman was fouled in the lane, and he tied it up by converting on just the first of his two attempts from the charity stripe. MVNU called another timeout with nine ticks remaining.
The resulting play went to Paul on the left corner, who was fouled on his way to the basket with two seconds to play, and hit nothing but net on his two attempts from the line to make it 75-73 and send the crowd into an uproar. On Bethel’s inbounds, Paul jumped the passing lane and tipped the pass out of bounds, leaving just 0.6 on the clock. Bethel’s next inbounds pass upcourt was once again deflected out of bounds by Paul as time expired.
The win improved MVNU’s record in Ariel Arena throughout 2017-18 to 10-3 mark.
Four Cougars notched double-figure scoring, highlighted by a 17 point, nine rebound performance from Roberts. Vipperman had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Jevon Knox had 12 points off the bench, and Paul finished with 11 points and eight assists. Austin Jones contributed eight points and four rebounds.
With two more regular season games to play, fifth-place MVNU (16-12, 8-8 CL) has secured its presence in the Crossroads League Tournament. MVNU face league-leading and No. 6 ranked Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Ariel Arena. It will be Senior Night for guard Joe Schmitz along with Will Smith, a four-year student assistant.