Wooster runs away from Lords
WOOSTER — The No. 13-ranked College of Wooster (17-3, 12-1 NCAC) defeated Kenyon College 105-67 Wednesday night in a North Coast Athletic Conference men’s hoops game at Timken Gymnasium.
Danyon Hempy led all scorers with 24 points as the Fighting Scots hit a season-best 60 percent from the field and converted all 11 free throw attempts.
For Kenyon, Carter Powell scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and corralled five rebounds. Alex Cate added 11 points and hauled in a team-high six boards.
After a quick 6-0 start by the Fighting Scots, the Lords (1-19, 0-13 NCAC) score on four of their next six possessions and brought the tally to 12-10 following Powell’s long ball at the 14:27 mark.
Over the next five minutes, Wooster attained nine-point leads three different times with its last coming after a Keon Scott three-pointer. That shot moved the scoreboard to 32-23 with about 9:30 minutes left.
Cate and Ugnius Zilinskas were able to hit back-to-back layups after that, pulling the Lords to within five (32-27), however, Wooster responded again. The home team scored the next nine points, including seven from Hempy, to push its lead to 41-27. By the end of the half, the Fighting Scots led 51-39.
Kenyon’s offensive performance in the first was its best all season as it hit 59 percent from the field and 54 percent from deep. But Wooster was equally as good, shooting a 60-percent clip and converting all seven of its free throws. Plus, the Fighting Scots turned nine Kenyon turnovers into 12 points.
The second half was a different story as the Lords’ hot shooting cooled off. In the stanza, Kenyon hit 32.4 percent while the Fighting Scots connected on at least 54 percent of its attempts from three-land and the field.
That helped Wooster pull away. Over the first 10:01 of the half, Wooster tallied 33 of the next 40 points, and built an 84-46 advantage.
Next on the schedule for the Lords is a road date at Wittenberg University Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Defense gets the job done at Wooster
WOOSTER — On a night when the offense just wasn’t clicking, the Kenyon College women’s basketball team turned to its defense to get the job done. The Ladies held the host Fighting Scots to one fourth-quarter field goal, while pulling away for 61-49 conference victory.
Trailing 27-25 at the half, the Ladies outscored the Fighting Scots by three in the third quarter. Junior Paige Matijasich scored nine points in the frame and pushed the Ladies into the fourth quarter with a slim 46-45 lead.
From there, the defense kicked in. Kenyon yielded just one field goal and allowed Wooster only four points in the fourth quarter. The Fighting Scots were 1-of-12 shooting. Kenyon forced five turnovers, came up with two steals, one block and out-rebounded the Fighting Scots 12-8 in that final frame.
Matijasich tacked on another five points in the fourth, while Ellie Schaub and Sharon Hull did the same to put the game away. Schaub finished with a game-high 18 points. She also racked up six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Matijasich ended up with 14 points, all in the second half, and Grace Connery scored 13, all in the first half.
Grinding through a rough shooting night, Schaub and Connery carried Kenyon. Together, they connected on 12 of 21 attempts (57.1 percent), while the rest of the team shot 10-of-43 (23.3 percent). The Ladies, however, did fare well from long distance (8-of-22) and at the free throw line (9-of-11).
For the first 34 minutes of the contest, the teams went back-and-forth. There were five occasions with a tied score and 15 lead changes in that span. It wasn’t until the 6:19 mark of the fourth quarter that Kenyon claimed complete control, scoring nine straight points. The 12-point final margin was the largest of the game.
With the win, Kenyon improved to 14-7 overall and 8-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The win also was Kenyon’s 22nd straight against Wooster and completed the series sweep for the Ladies, who opened the season with an 87-66 home win over the Fighting Scots.
The loss, Wooster’s fifth in a row, dropped the Fighting Scots to 5-15 overall and 1-10 within NCAC play.