Schreiber Sends Wabash To One-Point Win Over Wooster
February 3, 2020
For the second consecutive year a basket by Kellen Schreiber in the closing seconds of a basketball game lifted Wabash to home victory over Wooster. The Little Giants defeated the 17th-ranked Scots 68-67 in this year's regular season affair at Chadwick Court.
Last season Schreiber hit a layup on a back cut with one second remaining to give Wabash a 62-60 victory. This year the sophomore took a pass at the free throw line and drove toward the basket before hitting the four-foot jump shot to put the Little Giants in front by a point with six seconds left to play.
The win extended the Wabash (12-7, 8-4 NCAC) home winning streak to seven games. The Little Giants lost their season-opening contest to current 21st-ranked Centre College on a last-second basket by the Colonels. Wabash moved into a tie with Wooster (14-5, 8-4 NCAC) for second place in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings with Saturday's victory. The two teams trail Wittenberg in first place with a league record of 11-1.
Schreiber's basket came after a 13-4 run by the Scots erased an eight-point Wabash lead. The Little Giants led 62-54 before Brandon Styers hit a three-pointer to draw the Scots with five points with 3:55 left in the game. Tyler Watson connected on a pair of free throws with 2:39 remaining to push the lead back to seven points. Danyon Hempy cut the lead to five points at 64-59 with two of his game-high 27 points with 2:28 on the game clock.
Watson stepped back to the free throw line for Wabash with 1:47 left to play and hit both attempts for a 66-59 Little Giant lead. The Scots responded with an 8-0 run that started with a three-point basket by Khaylen Mahdi and two free throws from Keonn Scott. Hempy, who brought Wooster back from a 15-point Wabash lead in the first half, completed the second-half scoring run with a three-point basket from the top of the key with 13 seconds remaining in the game to give Wooster its only lead of the contest at 67-66.
That set up Schreiber's game-winner in the final six seconds of play, but hardly put the game on ice for Wabash. Wooster inbounded the ball to set up the final shot, but the Little Giants pressured Hempy on the sideline near the Scots bench and forced a turnover when he stepped out of bounds with just over a second on the clock. Wooster fouled Watson on the Little Giants' inbound play. The sophomore missed both free throw attempt but the clock wound down to 7/10ths of a second on the Wooster rebound to set up one final desperation play.
The Scots threw a three-quarter court pass that was deflected away by the Wabash defense to wind the clock and allow the Little Giants to celebrate the victory.
Wabash raced out to a 15-point lead in the opening period on the strength of its three-point shooting. Leading 16-10, the Little Giants connected on three-point baskets from Alex Eberhard and two from Justin Hensley to move in front 25-10 midway through the period. Wabash hit 6-of-10 three-point tries in the first 11 minutes of the game and finished the half shooting 8-of-25 for 32 percent. Jack Davidson paced the Wabash offense in the first half with a 12-point effort. He finished the game with 15 points.
The Little Giants shot 14-of-34 from the field in the opening period for 41.2 percent to take a 37-30 lead at halftime. Wabash finished the game shooting 21-of-58 overall (36.2 percent) and 11-of-37 from three-point range (29.7 percent) after going 3-of-12 from beyond the arc in the second half. The Little Giants added a 15-of-17 effort from the free throw line.
Wooster shot 24-of-59 from the field for the game (40.7 percent) and 9-of-20 from three-point range (45 percent). The Scots were an uncharacteristic 10-of-18 from the free throw line for 55.6 percent. Wooster came into the game shooting 77.6 percent on free throws.
Schreiber scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Watson joined Schreiber and Davidson with a total of 15 points in the game. Harrison Hallstrom grabbed nine rebounds for the Little Giants. Ahmoni Jones added eight boards. Connor Rotterman handed out four assists without committing a turnover.
Wabash is off until Friday when the Little Giants will continue their four-game home stand with a 6 p.m. contest against Allegheny College. Wabash plays host to Hiram College the next day with a 2 p.m. game against the Terriers.