COMING TO A CLOSE

ZACH MOFFETT ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • After Little Giants basketball team took a hard loss
in their last home game against the team from down south. They looked ahead as they played their last regular season game against Denison University in Granville, OH. The Little Giants were in search of redemption after an upset from DePauw University.

The Little Giants went on the road Saturday to take on the Denison Big Red. Coming into
the game Wabash was 12-12 while the Big Red was 13-11. The first half proved to be a tight match up for Wabash and Denison. The Little Giants struggled again on the offensive side of the ball, only shooting 36% from the field and 20% from three point range. Denison had a similar struggle in the first half on the offensive side, but were able to break out of their shooting struggles in the second half. At the end of the first half, Wabash led 30-28.

The second half was a disaster for the Little Giants on defense. The Big Red managed to put up 65 points in the second half, shooting 67% from the field and 65% from behind the arc. Denison had 40 points off the bench and five of their players scored in double digits. Wabash turned the ball over 13 times and only put up 35 points in the second half. The final score was Wabash 65, Denison 93. The Little Giants didn’t build the momentum they wanted heading into the NCAC tournament, but were still determined to fight to earn the respect they deserved.

The NCAC quarterfinal matchup for Wabash would prove to be a thriller. Tuesday, the Little Giants traveled to Ohio Wesleyan University for their first game in the conference tournament. The Little Giants were optimistic to prove themselves as a force to be reckone. OWU came into the contest as the three seed while Wabash held the six seed. OWU entered the game with a 17-8 record overall while Wabash sat at 12-13.

Wabash had the edge in the first half since their offense took their shooting struggles to heart after a rough week last week. The Little Giants shot 48.3% from the field and went 15-31 from the field in the first half. Wabash ended the first half with 37 points. On the defensive side of the ball, the Little Giants held OWU to shooting just 35% from the field and 28% from behind the arc. At the end of the half, Wabash led OWU 37-32. In the second half, the Little Giants fought hard against a strong offensive OWU team, but the experienced offense managed to put up 40 points in the second half. However, the Little Giants pushed back behind Harrison Hallstrom ’20 and Jack Davidson ’21 who put up 21 and 17 points, respectively. Wabash scored 44 points alone in the paint while OWU only had 24. At the end of the second half, the score was tied up at 72. The Little Giants dug deep in overtime, but their efforts came up just short. The final score of the exciting contest was Wabash 86, OWU 89.

 

Wabash finished the season 12-14 overall, but look to continue their growth next season. The crew will not lose a single senior to graduation this year. The
age of the Wabash roster is very young compared to many of their conference opponents. The Little Giants will look to come back in the 2018-2019 season with some revenge and hope to claim the conference title.