Throughout this season, Heidelberg has had three players who have done the bulk of its scoring: Deonte Holder, Keith Mackie and Mike Petrie.
On Wednesday night, Baldwin Wallace went about shutting the trio down.
Holder ended up leading HU with 16 points, but the majority of that came from the line as HU struggled in the second half, losing 74-57. Mackie and Petrie combined for just four points.
Heidelberg’s Keith Mackie drives to the basket against BW’s Matt Dennis Wednesday night in Tiffin.
"I think those three guys could play on any team in the league," said Yellow Jackets coach Duane Sheldon, a former 'Berg coach. "They're very good offensive players, so I give our guys some credit. Our guys took some pride, and I think that was a key. They shut down their three best scorers."
Combined, the three were 5 for 31 from the floor.
"We're not gonna beat anybody with our three leading scorers going 5 for 31," Heidelberg coach Andy Bucheit said. "Some of those were missed layups. What are you gonna do about that?"
The game was close in the first half. HU jumped out to 9-3 lead, and the Yellow Jackets didn't take their first lead until Kyle Payne's layup made it 29-28 with 1:47 left.
They never trailed again.
Sheldon said it came down to defense.
"I think we got some consecutive stops," Sheldon said. "We didn't really play well the first half offensively. Uncharacteristically, a lot of turnovers from guys who don't usually turn it over. I thought defensively we were pretty good throughout the whole game, but I thought in the second half is where we got a number of consecutive stops that allowed us to build the lead."
Key to that -- on both sides of the floor -- was Payne, who finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and was 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
Bucheit said Payne, at 6-foot-6, was going to create problems.
"We knew going into it there were going to be some tough matchups for us," Bucheit said. "Payne is a force."
BW's Matt Dennis also was key, going for six points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Kevin Krakowiak added 14 points and eight rebounds.
"(Dennis) really brings it," said Sheldon, who said it seemed like the junior had more than four blocks.
BW improved to 13-11, 9-8 in the OAC.
"I think any time, second half of the season, in any conference in any level, on the road, it's really hard to win," Sheldon said. "So we'll take this. We're really pleased with this win."
Heidelberg (6-18, 2-15) has one game left, Saturday at Otterbein. If it wins, and BW beats Muskingum, HU will get the No. 8 seed in the OAC tournament.
"Survive and advance," Bucheit said. "Our tournament starts Saturday."
TC grad Rohrbach leads BW
BEREA -- Lexi Rohrbach, playing perhaps for the final time against her hometown team, did a number on Heidelberg.
The Baldwin Wallace senior actually did a few numbers against HU.
Rohrbach, a Columbian graduate, went for 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets defeated 'Berg, 92-60.
Heidelberg (11-12, 4-12 Ohio Athletic Conference) was led by Molly Schriber, who had 12 points and six rebounds. Kathleen Phillips had 11 points. HU's Megan Miller, Rohrbach's former Columbian teammate, scored seven.
BW (18-5, 13-3) got 25 points from Audrey Smolik and 13 points from Alissa Munro.