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Cardinals win over Ohio Northern gives Reynolds his 650th win, stops seven-game skid

Press release & photos courtesy of Otterbein University


WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Junior Tommy Waterwash buried a three-pointer with 17.4 seconds remaining to help lift the Otterbein University men’s basketball team to a thrilling 68-66 come-from-behind victory over visiting Ohio Northern University Wednesday in the Rike Center.

Head coach Dick Reynolds

The win snaps a seven-game losing skid for the Cardinals and gives head coach Dick Reynolds his 650th career victory. Reynolds, in his 40th year at the helm, announced earlier this week that he will retire at the conclusion of the season. He becomes just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III history to amass 650 victories.

Senior Brice Rausch also hit a career milestone, scoring a team-high 14 to reach the 1,000 point plateau for his career.

“It’s exciting,” Rausch said of reaching the scoring milestone. “Not a lot of people get to say they’ve done that in their career, so it’s a great accomplishment. Coach kept telling me to go to the hole early on, and from there I just let everything come to me.”

“It was great in the locker room after the game,” Rausch continued. “Everyone was congratulating coach and you could just really feel the energy.”

Senior Brice Rausch

The 68-66 score was Otterbein’s only lead of the second half, as the Cardinals erased two 11-point deficits down the stretch.

“It’s no secret that we’ve been disappointed, because we expected a much better year coming off of last season,” Reynolds said. “The real problem we’ve had is inconsistency, and one of the biggest albatrosses has been perimeter shooting. Chris Davis has been good inside and Zack Bakenhaster came in with confidence tonight, but in this conference you have to be able to shoot the basketball and combat the triple-play. We found some balance tonight, and that’s what we’ve been working for.”

Ohio Northern led 54-43 as the game clock ticked under ten minutes, but Otterbein wouldn’t allow the Polar Bears to run away. Waterwash connected on consecutive corner jumpers to bring Otterbein within 57-52, and the Cards later clawed to within a possession after another bucket from Waterwash, this one being a three-pointer with 3:45 left to play.

Ohio Northern clung to a 66-62 lead with 90 seconds remaining until Waterwash drilled a trifecta from the top of the key, pulling the Cards to within one point.

Otterbein regained possession after a missed Polar Bear free-throw, and Waterwash struck again from nearly the same spot to put his team ahead for good. ONU would come up empty during its final possession.

“This is such a big team win for us, I can’t even talk enough about that,” said Waterwash, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half to match a career high. “It was great that coach kept coming to me throughout the game. I was horrible early on, but I was able to find more open looks down the stretch and those fell for me.”

Senior Chris Davis grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and narrowly missed the 1,000 mark himself as his 13-point effort leaves him at 999 for his career. He also had an impressive five steals.

Junior Zach Bakenhaster turned in perhaps his best game of the season, posting nine points and eight rebounds while going 4 of 5 from the field.

Branden Rushton scored 17 points to lead Ohio Northern, which made 7 of its 16 three-point attempts. Otterbein shot .300 (3 of 10) from long distance, with Waterwash accounting for all three makes.

Otterbein beats Wittenberg 78-64

Chris Davis (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

Otterbein University improved its record to 4-5 overall with a win over a former Ohio Athletic Conference foe, the Wittenberg Tigers, 78-64 at the Rike Center in Westerville.

Wittenberg, a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, falls to 4-4.

The Cardinals opened up a 9-4 lead; the Tigers came back to tie at 14-14.

With several Cardinals big men in foul trouble, Wittenberg took control and opened up a 22-16 lead with eight minutes to go in the first half.

Otterbein fought back to lead at 25-24 but the Tigers ran a 13-6 run to go up 37-31 and then 38-33 at the half.

The Cardinals took control in the second half by pushing the margin out to 59-44 by the 11:17 and the game was basically over.

Otterbein shot .523 from the field compared to just .393 for the Tigers and benefitted from their 3-point shooting going 10 of 15.

Four Otterbein Cardinals scored in double figures, led by Zach Bakenhaster’s 17 points and ten rebounds.

Chris Davis had a nice floor game with a double-double of 14 points and ten rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Cameron Walton led Wittenberg with 19 points off the bench, including five three-point baskets.

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Otterbein’s Bakenhaster selected Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week

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Zach Bakenhaster

Otterbein University sophomore Zach Bakenhaster of Plain City, Ohio, Jonathan Alder High School, has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Bakenhaster scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field Saturday evening as Otterbein upset 25th-ranked John Carroll University 86-83 in the Rike Center in Westerville. It was the team’s first conference win of the season.

Additionally, the 6’5 forward pulled down five rebounds and blocked one shot. He currently ranks among the top ten in the OAC in rebounding, field-goal percentage, and blocked shots.

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Otterbein Cardinals surprise #25 John Carroll in men’s OAC action

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The Otterbein Cardinals  won its first conference win by upsetting 25th-ranked John Carroll Saturday evening in the Rike Center in Westerville, 86-83.

The win moves the Cards to 3-5, 1-3, while John Carroll fell to 6-3, 2-2.

The Cardinals opened the game strong and held the largest lead of the first half at 26-18 at the 9:10 mark.

John Carroll closed the gap to one, but a buzzer-beating three-point from freshmen C.J. Julian allowed Otterbein to take a 41-37 edge into halftime.

The Cardinals stayed in control and opened its first double-digit lead of the game, at 60-49 with 11 minutes to go on a pair of free-throws by junior Chris Davis.

The Blue Streaks suffered a big blow when their leading scorer Maurice Haynes fouled out at the 8:11 mark with his team trailing by 12 points. However, John Carroll showed why they’re a ranked team by going on a 19-7 run to take a 74-73 lead with 3:37 remaining as Davis sat on the Otterbein bench with four fouls.

The Cardinals kept their poise down the stretch as they used free throws to push the lead back out to 83-74 and were never challenged again.

Zach Bakenhaster turned in a career night, shooting 10-of-15 from the floor and finishing with a career-high 25 points. Davis recorded another double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Julian notched a career-best himself with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

The Blue Streaks of John Carroll were led by Joey Meyer with 20 points while Michael Hartnett made five three-pointers en route to 17 points.

Info courtesy of Otterbein athletics