Second-half surge sinks Denison

Bret Woolard scored 11 points in Wednesday's loss at Marietta.
Bret Woolard scored 11 points in Wednesday's loss at Marietta.

Marietta College scored 52 points and shot 63 percent from the field in the second half en route to an 89-66 win over Denison on Wednesday evening.

Trailing 53-51 with 14:26 left in regulation, the Pioneer offense caught fire with a 27-7 run that resulted in an 18-point lead with less than five minutes to go.  Ahead 64-55, J.J. Martin scored five-straight points to give the Pioneers a double-digit lead.  Matt Napier capped off the offensive outburst with a triple that put the home squad up 78-60.

In the second period, Marietta converted on 22 of 35 attempts, including a 5-for-11 performance from three-point land.  They also pulled down 22 rebounds and recorded 24 points in the paint.

Denison jumped out to an early lead in the first period, gaining a 24-14 advantage midway through the half on a Briggs King three.  The Pioneers slowly shrunk the deficit, eventually taking a 33-32 advantage with 4:35 on the clock. Tied at 35-35, sophomore Bret Woolard converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put DU back on top with less than three minutes to play.  However, a Napier jumper made it a one-point game at the break.

Marietta shot 57 percent (37-for-65) on the night, while Denison converted 44 percent (24-for-54) from the floor.  The Pioneers held the advantage in rebounding (38-25), bench points (47-22) and points in the paint (38-26).

Senior Dimonde Hale paced the Big Red with 13 points, while Woolard scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.  The sophomore was 4-for-7 from the field, including a 2-for-4 performance from long distance.  King also grabbed a team-best five rebounds.

Martin shot 11-for-16 from the field en route to scoring a game-high 29 points.  Napier recorded a double-double off the bench with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Garrett Stephenson chipped in 14 tallies.

Denison falls to 3-4, while the Pioneers improve to 4-2 on the year.  The Big Red resumes North Coast Athletic Conference play on Monday at Oberlin.  Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.