Wooster offense overpowers DU

Dimonde Hale notched his 16th career double-double on Wednesday.
Dimonde Hale notched his 16th career double-double on Wednesday.

Five players scored in double figures to send the eighth-ranked Wooster Scots to a 94-64 victory over Denison on Wednesday from Wooster, Ohio.

The Fighting Scots opened the game with a 12-0 run and never looked back as they maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the period.  After the first 20 minutes Wooster held a 51-32 lead.

Denison struggled from the field in the first frame converting just 33 percent from the floor and 30 percent from beyond the arc.  On the flip side, the Scots shot a 54-percent clip from the field.  In addition to the hot start offensively, the Wooster defense forced the Big Red into seven turnovers that yielded 12 points.

After Denison closed the gap to 64-46, the Scots answered with a 15-0 run to open up a 33-point lead with 9:40 to play.  That 15-point run coupled with a 59-percent performance from the field in the second half ultimately secured the win.

The DU offense shot 35 percent from the field and just 27 percent from beyond the arc.  The Big Red successfully connected on 10 of 11 attempts from the foul line and held a 41-40 edge in rebounding, including an 18-12 advantage on the offensive glass.

Senior Dimonde Hale notched his fifth double-double of the season after logging 19 points and 11 boards, both game highs.  Sophomore Brad Woolard chipped in eight points, while Jon Akpapunam, Robby Weingart and Alex Longi added seven points apiece.

Wooster knocked down 56 percent of its shots from the field, including a 48 percent clip from 3-point range.  The Fighting Scots also forced 12 turnovers compared to four giveaways by the home team.

Doug Thorpe, Xavier Brown and DeVaugn Wingard all scored a team-high 14 points, while Kenny DeBoer and Jake Mays added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Denison falls to 7-13 on the year and 5-6 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Wooster improves to 18-2 and 11-0 in league play.  The Big Red returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Hiram for a 2 p.m. tip-off.