Wed Jan 18
Final
83 #10 Denison
77 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Jan 21
Final
82 #10 Denison
67 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Wed Jan 25
Final
73 Oberlin
89 #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 28
Final
71 Wittenberg
70 #9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 01
Final
77 #12 Denison
82 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Feb 04
Final
77 Wooster
62 #12 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 08
Final
70 #23 Denison
62 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Feb 11
Final
98 #23 Denison
78 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Wed Feb 15
Final
66 Hiram
80 #19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 18
Final
65 Wabash
76 #19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Feb 21
Final
79 DePauw
85 #14 Denison
NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal in Granville, Ohio
Fri Feb 24
Final
77 #14 Denison
87 vs. Wooster
@ Ohio Wesleyan NCAC Tournament Semifinal in Delaware, Ohio
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Hale and Mitchell prove to be kindred spirits

Dimonde Hale (left) and Lou Mitchell (right) will be forever linked in the Denison record books.
Dimonde Hale (left) and Lou Mitchell (right) will be forever linked in the Denison record books.

Denison senior basketball player Dimonde Hale has been climbing the charts faster than a Beyonce single of late, and on Saturday he reached some rarified air.

In the Big Red's 70-64 victory over Hiram, Hale surpassed 1957 graduate Lou Mitchell, moving into fourth-place on Denison's all-time career scoring list. The 1,633rd point of Hale's DU career came on a tip-in in the first half. He would go on to post a double-double with a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was a critical victory for the Big Red, who is looking to make another late-season charge up the North Coast Athletic Conference standings. As of Tuesday they sit in a three-way tie for fourth-place in the conference race. That fourth-place position is significant since the top four teams in the final regular-season standings earn the home-court advantage in the quarterfinal round of the NCAC Tournament.

All of this would have been a joyous occasion for Mitchell. The college lost one of its most ardent supporters last June, and the chasm left by his passing has been felt all season. Mitchell, who was 78, was a fixture at Big Red basketball games, usually holding court in the bleachers across from the visiting bench with former teammates and friends from the community.

Given Mitchell's fondness and affinity for Hale—both were area high school standouts, Mitchell coming from Newark High and Hale from Columbus Northland—Denison's Wednesday-night contest in Livingston Gym would have been a moving event. And there would have been plenty to celebrate. In addition to Hale's scoring feat, he was recently named as one of only 20 semifinalists for the prestigious John Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award that is presented to the most outstanding role model in the nation across all sports and all divisions of the NCAA.

Instead of a holding a celebration rejoining Mitchell and Hale to honor their superior athletic achievements, however, we are left to reflect upon the man whose loyalty, kindness and generosity will have an impact on the college for generations to come. Take one look at the renovation and expansion of the spectacular building that bears his name, the Mitchell Center, and there is no doubting the legacy Lou has left behind.

With four regular-season games remaining and a likely conference tournament appearance on the horizon, Hale has a chance to move up yet another notch on the school's all-time scoring list. He is currently just 95 points behind third-place Brian Malinowski '96. This is clearly one of the rare instances in sports where the feat is not judged by the statistics produced, but rather the players who were passed in the process. It doesn't get much more special than that.

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