Wabash avenged a loss to Allegheny earlier this season by defeating the visiting Gators Saturday 72-61.
The Little Giants (11-10, 7-7 NCAC) lost 75-71 at Allegheny on December 17. This time Wabash never trailed in the game, taking the lead 3-0 on an Alex Eberhard basket after neither team scored in the opening 1:55 of the contest. Wabash took a four-point lead in the early going before Allegheny (5-16, 2-12 NCAC) evened the score at 15-15. The Little Giants used a 7-0 run over the next five minutes to regain the lead. Connor Rotterman pushed the advantage to ten points with a three-point basket for a 32-22 lead with 4:36 remaining in the half.
The Gators trimmed the advantage back to two points heading into the final minute of the period. Conner Brens scored a three-point play with a basket and free throw to create a 35-30 lead by Wabash at the half.
The Little Giants pushed the lead to 15 points in the first four minutes of the second half. Jack Davidson provided the largest lead of the contest for Wabash with 8:02 remaining when he drained a three-pointer for a 57-38 advantage. Allegheny cut the lead to single digits with 1:51 remaining but Wabash connected on its final eight free throws to put the game in the win column for the Little Giants.
Wabash shot 21-of-63 from the field (33.3 percent). The Little Giants attempted 34 three-point shots, the third-highest single-game total in school history. Wabash made 10 long-range attempts for 29.4 percent. Allegheny shot 42.1 percent from the field, making 24-of-57 attempts. Only five of the Gators' baskets came from behind the arc out of 16 attempts (31.3 percent).
Davidson finished with 23 points to lead Wabash in scoring. Eberhard, Rotterman, and Harrison Hallstrom each scored 11 points for the Little Giants. Jordan Rawls scored 25 points for the Gators.
The victory, combined with a 73-70 loss by Denison, moved Wabash into a tie with the Big Red for fifth place in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings. The Little Giants head to Wittenberg University to play the undefeated, third-ranked Tigers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.