Wabash extended its seven-point halftime lead to as many as 19 points before claiming a 75-65 road win at Denison Saturday afternoon.
The Little Giants improved to 6-3 overall with a 2-1 record in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings with the victory.
Wabash scored the first seven points of the final period to move in front 45-31 after holding a 38-31 advantage at halftime. Tyler Watson and Harrison Hallstrom scored two quick baskets prior to a three-pointer from Jack Davidson. Denison (2-6, 0-3 NCAC) got as close as nine points at 40-49 with 14:45 before the Little Giants mounted another big scoring run.
Davidson started the scoring with his second three-pointer of the half. He finished with a game-high 23 points. Hallstrom added another jumper in the lane to extend the Little Giants' lead to 54-40. Watson connected on back-to-back three-point baskets following a free throw by the Big Red for a 60-41 lead for the Little Giants with 12:15 left to play in the game.
Denison cut the advantage to 11 points with an 8-0 run over the next four minutes. Hallstrom ended the Wabash scoring drought with a jumper just outside the paint. The Little Giants maintained their double-digit lead over the remainder of the second half until Denison got as close as eight points in the final minute. The Little Giants put the game away by hitting 10 of their final 11 free throws for the 10-point win.
A fast start in the first five minutes of the game lifted Wabash to an early 16-4 lead. Denison rallied to tie the score at 20-20 midway through the first period and eventually took a 24-21 lead with 5:56 remaining in the half on a basket by Matt Gerics. Kellen Schreiber and Hallstrom answered with back-to-back baskets to put Wabash back in front. The teams traded baskets and the lead until Davidson hit a three-point shot with 1:32 left in the period. Two free throws apiece from Davidson and Schreiber came ahead of a three-point try from Connor Rotterman with two seconds on the game clock. The shot missed but Rotterman drew the shooting foul and hit all three free throws for the 38-31 halftime lead for the Little Giants.
Wabash shot 24-of-52 from the field for 46 percent, including a 9-for-31 effort from three-point range (29 percent). The Little Giants held Denison to 7-of-33 from long range and 24-of-61 overall from the field for 39 percent. Wabash held a 41-30 rebounding advantage and scored 12 points off eight offensive boards. Denison produced 13 points off 11 Wabash turnovers. The Little Giants scored four points off seven miscues by the Big Red.
Four Wabash players scored in double figures, led by the 23-point effort of Davidson. Schreiber added 15 points, Watson scored 14 points, and Hallstrom finished with 10 points. Hallstrom grabbed eight rebounds to lead Wabash in that category. Watson snagged seven rebounds, and Jayden Edwards finished with six boards.
Kevin Cheng scored 14 points to lead Denison in scoring. Conor Fenton and Freeman Brou each added 10 points.
Wabash will travel to Terre Haute, Indiana on Monday to play the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.