Heidelberg Edges Men’s Basketball in Tampa Bay Shootout Opener

Heidelberg Edges Men’s Basketball in Tampa Bay Shootout Opener

TAMPA, Fla. – Despite a career-high 25 points from senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.), 50 percent shooting from the floor and stingy defense propelled Heidelberg University past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the opening round of the Tampa Bay Shootout at the Tampa Preparatory School.

The Basics
Score: Heidelberg 91, UMass Dartmouth 84
Records: Heidelberg (5-5, 2-2 OAC) | UMass Dartmouth (6-4, 1-1 LEC)

How it Happened
Imadiyi bettered his previous career-high of 21 points from earlier this season, converting on 9-of-17 from the field to go along with seven rebounds and a team-high four assists. The contest's only double-double was registered by junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria), who totaled 19 points and 12 boards. Freshman Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) also put forth a career-high with 12 points.

Heidelberg's Kiere Bennie (Cincinnati, Ohio) led four Student Princes in double-figures with 22 points. Chris Moxley (Columbus, Ohio) and Prince Benson (Adrian, Mich.) tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Using 56 percent shooting (17-of-30) in the first 20 minutes, Heidelberg was able to push out to a four-point lead at halftime. The Student Princes' hot start rose to 15-5 in the early minutes on a 3-pointer by James Hanley (Columbus, Ohio) and hovered below 10 until six minutes remained in the stanza. Imadiyi then kicked off three-straight 3-pointers by UMass Dartmouth, with Bond cutting the deficit to 33-32 before HU edged forward to the slight intermission lead.

To start the second, the Corsairs once more cut within one, this time on a foul shot by sophomore Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.), but again Heidelberg was able to maintain the lead. HU's advantage remained in single-digits until midway through the half when Bennie piloted an 11-3 run for the Student Princes.

UMass Dartmouth again challenged to bring the deficit back to single-digits, and Imadiyi put his team within four at the minute mark on another long-range bucket. With 22 ticks remaining, the Corsairs narrowed the score to 87-84 on Jake Ashworth's (Fairhaven, Mass.) free throws, but the final four points belonged to Moxley and Heidelberg.

Inside the Numbers

  • 50 percent (31-for-61) shooting by Heidelberg bettered UMass Dartmouth's 42 percent (27-for-64) on the game.
  • The Student Princes recorded 17 steals, a season-high for a Corsair opponent, with 28 points off turnovers. HU additionally saw 44 points in the paint and 28 points from its bench.
  • Imadiyi's four 3-pointers ties his single-game career-high set earlier in December against Roger Williams, when he went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.
  • Obiora has reached double-figures in every game so far on the season, and now owns five double-doubles to lead the Corsairs.

Up Next
The Corsairs will play Hampden-Sydney tomorrow at 1 p.m. for the Tampa Bay Shootout third-place game at Tampa Prep. Hampden-Sydney fell to host DePauw on Friday by a 70-64 final. The Student Princes and Tigers will square off in the championship game at 3 p.m.