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Denison is 5-0 after win over #11 Wooster

Matthew Bauer
Matthew Bauer

WOOSTER, Ohio—Jett Speelman scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Denison to a 65-59 win over 11th ranked Wooster at Timken Gymnasium.  The win keeps the Big Red unbeaten at 5-0 while Wooster falls to 3-2.

Denison came out of the gates red-hot, scoring the first 13 points behind triples by Speelman, Andrew Castagnetti and David Meurer.  The Scots countered with a 9-0 run and the two squads were even throughout the remainder of the first half.

The Big Red took a 30-28 lead into the locker room and six minutes into the second half Wooster built its largest lead of the game at 42-35.

Wooster's lead grew to nine with 12:26 remaining but Denison fought right back with a 12-2 run fueled by 10 points from Speelman.  Wooster's Spencer Williams scored in the paint with 7:41 left, giving the lead back to the Scots at 48-47.

That lead lasted exactly six seconds thanks to Claude Chandonnet's 3-pointer to put DU on top 50-48.  With just over two minutes to play, Wooster scored in transition after a missed 3-pointer by Meurer.  At the other end, Speelman got the ball in the post and scored to put his team on top 61-55.

Fanelly came right back with a basket, drawing the foul in the process.  He missed the free throw and Matthew Bauer snagged the rebound.  With 1:11 left, Meurer was fouled near the baseline and split his pair of free throws to put Denison up five.

Wooster quickly inbounded the ball and Fanelly scored at the other end, making it a one-possession game with 1:04 to play.  After a timeout by the Fighting Scots, Denison's offense went to work.  With the shot clock about to expire, Meurer pulled the trigger on a long 3-point attempt that banked in, giving Denison a 65-59 lead.

A steal by Devon Pitts with 21 seconds on the clock sealed the win for the visiting Big Red.

Speelman was 10-of-18 and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He also led the way with 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.  Meurer scored 11 points to go along with four assists and three steals.  Castagnetti followed with eight points while Bauer added five points, five rebounds and two steals.

Denison shot 42 percent from the field and was 9-of-23 (.391) from beyond the arc. 

Wooster was led by Fanelly's 22 points and seven boards.  Spencer Williams added 13 and Danyon Hempy chipped in 10 off the bench.  The Scots shot 38 percent from the field and were just 2-of-15 from 3-point range.

The Big Red returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 3 when they host Kenyon College at 3 p.m.

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