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No Event
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Sat Nov 19
Final
85 Denison
73 at Ohio Northern
in Ada, Ohio
Tue Nov 22
Final
75 Case Western Reserve
85 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Nov 27
Final
66 Denison
59 at Otterbein
in Westerville, Ohio
Wed Nov 30
Final
65 Denison
59 at #11 Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Dec 03
Final
58 Kenyon
67 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Dec 07
Final
72 #25 Denison
69 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sat Dec 10
Final - OT
72 #25 Denison
68 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Wed Dec 14
Final
75 #16 Denison
84 at Capital
in Columbus, Ohio
Mon Jan 02
Final
79 #21 Denison
52 at Brooklyn
in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tue Jan 03
Final
72 #21 Denison
64 at Mount Saint Vincent
in Riverdale, N.Y.
Thu Jan 05
Final
80 Ohio Wesleyan
83 #21 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 07
Final
63 Allegheny
104 #21 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 11
Final
61 DePauw
74 #19 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 14
Final
66 #19 Denison
53 at Wabash
in Crawfordsville, Ind.
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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Late free throws help Bishops down #12 DU

Jett Speelman  |  Photo by Craig Hicks
Jett Speelman | Photo by Craig Hicks

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Nate Axelrod and Ben Simpson combined for 52 points to send Ohio Wesleyan to an 82-77 victory over 12th-ranked Denison on Wednesday night at Branch Rickey Arena.

At the conclusion of the first 20 minutes of play, the Big Red held a slim 38-37 lead. The two squads toss the lead back-and-forth 11 times over the course of the first 11 minutes of the second half. Trailing by a pair with 6:12 to go, senior Jett Speelman knocked down both attempts at the free throw line to tie the game for the 11th time at 64-64.

On the Bishops ensuing possession, Simpson took a pass from Grant Gossard and finished at the rim to regain a two-point lead for the home team. Roughly a minute later, Simpson hammered down a thunderous dunk but was whistled for a technical foul after excessively hanging on the rim. Senior Andrew Castagnetti made the foul shot to pull DU within one possession. Simpson buried a three on Ohio Wesleyan's next trip down the floor, while Axelrod scored in the paint to push the Bishop lead to eight with 2:30 to go.

With less than two minutes to play, OWU still led by eight at 75-67. After forcing a giveaway by Jon Griggs, junior Garrett Collier earned a trip to the charity stripe after drawing a foul by Griggs. Collier split the pair at the line. Following the miss, the Big Red went into an aggressive full-court press in an attempt to regain possession. Senior David Meurer came away with Denison's second-consecutive takeaway and once again Collier earned a trip at the foul line after being fouled by Griggs. The junior's split at the stripe made it a two-possession affair.

After empty possessions by both teams, Collier came away with the Big Red's third steal in just 50 seconds and turned the takeaway into an easy layup to shrink the deficit to 75-71. A 4-for-4 showing at the free throw line pushed the Ohio Wesleyan lead back to 79-71 with 40.6 seconds on the clock.

Simpson had a chance to put the game away, but a miss on the front end of a 1-and-1 kept Denison in the game. Just five seconds after Simpson's miss, Meurer buried a deep three to make it a five-point game. Axelrod split his two free throw attempts to keep it a six-point game. After corralling an offensive board, Speelman found Meurer for another deep trey to pull within three.

DU tried to generate one more takeaway, but they were unsuccessful and forced to foul Axelrod with 11 seconds to play. He knocked down both free throws to lock up the five-point win.

Denison shot 37 percent (24-for-65) from the field, while the Bishops had a 49 percent (29-for-59) conversion rate. The Big Red outrebounded OWU 41-35, but lost the battle in the paint 40-30. The DU reserves outscored the Ohio Wesleyan bench 28-20.

Senior Matthew Bauer paced the Big Red with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Meurer chipped in 16 tallies and four steals. Speelman also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Bret Woolard paced the Big Red bench with 11 points in 17 minutes.

Axelrod led all scorers with 28 points followed by Simpson with 24. Simpson also grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds.

With the loss, Denison falls to 17-3 overall and 11-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference while the win moves OWU to 14-6 on the year and 11-2 in league play. The Big Red returns to action this Saturday when they host Wooster. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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