Wabash saw its 2019-2020 basketball season ended Tuesday night with a 75-69 loss to Denison University in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
The Little Giants (17-9) were unable to overcome a hot-shooting Big Red (11-15) squad. Denison hits 27-of-57 shots from the field (47.4 percent) and connected on 12-of-24 three-point attempts (50 percent).
Wabash meanwhile never found its long range shot, finishing 7-of-25 from three-point range for 28 percent. The Little Giants came into the game shooting 38.1 percent from behind the line for the season.
With the scored tied at 66-66 with 1:21 remaining in the game, Denison rolled off nine straight points to take a 75-66 lead with 21 seconds left to play. Wabash could only find a last-second three-point basket to end its final scoring drought.
The Little Giants owned a four-point lead at 59-55 with 8:06 left to play but another scoreless streak allowed Denison to tie the score. Wabash went without a basket for four minutes while Denison scored six points to move in front 61-59. The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes with Connor Rotterman tying the score at 66-66 before the Big Red went only their final big run to close out the contest.
The four-point lead was the largest of the game for Wabash. The Little Giants only held an advantage for 5:18 of the contest. Denison led for nearly 30 minutes of action with nine ties.
Jack Davidson led Wabash in scoring with 21 points. Rotterman added 10 points and finished with three of the Little Giants' eight steals in the game. Kellen Schreiber scored nine points.
Denison put four players in double figures in the scoring column. Conor Fenton paced the Big Red with 26 points. Freeman Brou scored 13 points. Matt Gerics chipped in 12 points and Kevin Cheng scored 11 points.
The three senior members of the Wabash squad --- Alex Eberhard, Colten Garland, and Harrison Hallstrom – completed their four-year careers. Eberhard picked up two blocked shots in his final appearance to finish 17th on the Wabash career blocks list with 45. Garland now ranks fifth all time in three-point baskets with 152. Hallstrom ended his Wabash career with 1,139 career points for 18th on the Little Giants' all-time scoring list. His 795 career rebounds are the third most in Wabash history.
Davidson completed his junior season with a total of 1,647 career points to move into sixth place on the Wabash all-time scoring list. He is second in career free throws with 508 and third in career three-pointers with 201.