The men’s basketball team’s struggles continued, as they lost 81-50 to DePauw University and 84-57 to the College of Wooster.
On Saturday, the Lords celebrated Senior Day, marking the occasion by including three seniors in the start-ing lineup: Konrad Christian ’22, Christian Watanabe ’22 and Elijah Friedman ’22. Christian described the gesture as meaningful. “It was a really nice event, just to be able to play basketball with those two guys one more time,” he said.
Victory stayed within reach for the Lords for most of the first half, as they trailed by only three points after 10 minutes of play. However, the Ti-gers began to gain momentum as the opening half came to a close. While the Tigers kept scoring at a strong clip, the Lords’ scoring dried up as they went 3-13 from the field and 0-4 from beyond the arc. DePauw’s 20-6 run to close the half gave them a 40-26 lead, and they continued to dominate in the second half. The Ti-gers were particularly efficient from the free-throw line during the second half, going 14-16 from the charity stripe and making it difficult for the Lords to gain momentum.
The 31-point margin was the larg-est loss the Lords have suffered this season. Christian admitted that De-Pauw, who had a 12-1 record in the 2021 season, had appeared to be a difficult matchup from the onset. “De-Pauw had a season last year, so there’s just team chemistry that existed between players on the team that we just haven’t built yet, but we’re getting there for sure,” he said. On Wednesday, the Lords hosted the College of Wooster hoping to get a win. After being down only eight at halftime, a strong second half by the Fighting Scots defeated the Lords 84-57. Kenyon got out to an 8-0 lead, but a 10-2 run by Wooster tied the game at 10. Wooster went on a 12-4 run right before halftime to build an eight point lead. Early on in the second half, the Fighting Scots forced four turnovers in five possessions to build a commanding lead. The Lords fin-ished with 25 turnovers in the game.Miles Versa ’25 led the team in points with 10, while David Mazon ’25 contributed nine points and seven rebounds. The Lords play next on Saturday, traveling to Springfield, Ohio to face Wittenberg University. The team is 2-16 on the season.
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