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Otterbein’s Reynolds, four seniors careers end with loss at Wilmington

Press release & photo courtesy of Otterbein athletics

WILMINGTON, OHIO – The 40-year career of Otterbein University men’s head basketball coach Dick Reynolds came to a close Monday evening as the Cardinals suffered a 76-65 defeat at Wilmington College in the opening round of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament.

The matchup was the second in less than 72 hours for the two schools, who also met Saturday in the regular season finale.

Otterbein, seeded eighth, finishes its season at 9-17 while No. 5 seed Wilmington (13-12) advances to play at Baldwin-Wallace College Tuesday evening in quarterfinal action.

The loss culminates the end of an era for Otterbein men’s basketball under Reynolds, who retires as the OAC’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 653-426. He exits as one of just seven coaches in NCAA Division III history to accumulate 650 wins.

Dick Reynolds during final timeout of his 40-year career

Both teams shot over .500 from the field, but the Quakers were able to capitalize at the free-throw line by making 18 of 28 compared to Otterbein’s 20 of 37 (.541) effort.

Each side grabbed 28 rebounds, a much closer comparison than Otterbein’s 41-18 advantage during Saturday’s 68-65 victory.

The program won 11 conference regular-season championships and eight league tournament titles under Reynolds, who earned OAC Coach of the Year honors nine times while at the helm. He took the program to the NCAA Final Four in three different decades and won the 2002 national championship.

The loss also concludes the careers of Chris Davis, Brice Rausch and fellow seniors Mark Louks, and Steve Isaac. Davis and Rausch, teammates since high school, each finish their collegiate careers as 1,000-point scorers and post a combined 2,215 as a duo.

OTTERBEIN’S FOUR SENIORS:

Chris Davis

Brice Rausch

Mark Louks

Steve Isaac

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