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Owls topped by Yeomen in tight matchup 

GAMBIER, Ohio — The Kenyon College men’s basketball team orchestrated a ferocious second-half comeback and nearly pulled out an upset win in their season’s penultimate game, but the Owls lost to Oberlin College by a score of 59-57 as the Yeomen swept the season series between the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) combatants. 

Establishing an outside game helped Oberlin (14-10, 8-7 NCAC) take a commanding first-half lead, as the visitors shot 6-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc. The Yeomen also took care of the ball in the first frame, and overall, only giving up three turnovers in each half compared to eight Kenyon first-half giveaways. The hot shooting and turnover margin helped the Yeomen score a 9-3 edge in points off turnovers. Although facing a substantial 40-27 deficit going into the half, Kenyon (5-19, 3-12 NCAC) kept the game close until the final buzzer.

A pair of three-pointers from Anthony Testa separated by a Connor Moss transition three late in the first half helped the Owls carry momentum into the locker room. Kenyon then opened the second half on a whopping 19-1 run, facilitated by a wealth of scoring and tremendous team defense and rebounding. The midweek fans in Tomsich Arena fed off of a parade of field goals from Murathan Kocaman, Testa, Dylan Fuerst, Moss, Charlie Heywood, and Lucas Friedman that switched the lead to 45-41 in the Owls’ favor with 13:51 to go.

Kenyon was playing at a fast pace in this stretch, pressuring the Oberlin defense with constant transition offense that allowed for consistently high-percentage scoring opportunities. Overall, the Owls hit seven of their first nine shots, including all four of their three-pointers, and snagged three steals while holding Oberlin to an 0-for-6 clip.

The Yoemen eventually slowed the game down and answered with a 13-0 run, flipping the lead for the final time. The visitors fed off of the performance of Asaan Snipes-Rea, who had a season-high 14-point night. Although facing deficiencies in scoring in the second half, the early production and late-game free-throws proved too much for the Owls to surmount.

Kenyon finished the half going 0-for-9 from three-point range, and, despite holding Oberlin to a paltry 25.9 percent (7-of-27) second-half shooting percentage that included an 0-for-7 mark from downtown, the Owls could not clinch victory. Oberlin knocked down 11 second-half free throws to Kenyon’s five, and winning the late foul game helped the Yeomen win the game.

Moss led the team in scoring with a game-high 18 points, shooting 5-6 from the charity stripe and tying a season-high with three trifectas. The junior also pulled in a career-best eight rebounds, which led the Owls. Testa tallied nine points on three threes, Kocaman provided eight points with five rebounds, and Nick Nelson added a game-high four assists.

The Owls look to bounce back this weekend in their final regular-season game on Saturday when they play at Wittenberg University at 2 p.m.

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