Manchester notches First Round win
Spartans' defense holds Bethany (WV) to advance in tourney
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Manchester, currently ranked 21st in the country, posted a 70-58 win against Bethany (WV) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament held on the campus of Wooster.
Manchester opened the contest with a 15-0 lead against Bethany midway into the first half. MC stretched that lead to a 34-17 advantage with 4:34 left in the half before the Bison held Manchester scoreless for the final four minutes, making a 10-0 run to close the half with Manchester ahead 34-27.
The Spartans held Bethany to just 34 percent from the floor and 22 percent from behind the arc, while they shot 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line. In the second half, Manchester opened up with an 11-2 run to take a 16 point, 45-29 lead with 15:03 remaining. Bethany pulled to within seven points, 62-55 with 2:49 remaining, but the Spartans held on to take the 70-58 win.
Manchester was led in scoring by senior Tyler Delauder, who netted 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor and 6-11 three-point attempts. He added five rebounds and two assists in the win. Jordan Moss scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting and 4-7 free throws to go with his four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Jason Spindler was 6-10 from the floor for 12 points, and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Tyler Henn added 11 points, five steals and four rebounds.
"I am really proud of the guys tonight," says Coach Brad Nadborne. "Bethany is a really good team and I thought they executed their style of play exceptionally well. We had a good plan for it and did a great job scouting these guys and the start to the game was the key to the game."
Reflecting on the play of Tyler Delauder and his 23 points, Nadborne adds, "We thought both Tyler and Mitch Schaefer would get a lot of looks tonight from the three. We thought Mitch would get more looks than he did, but Tyler accepts his role off the bench well and stepped up his game tonight."
Manchester advances to Saturday’s NCAA DIII Tournament second round action to face, Wooster, who was a 74-68 winner against Benedictine (IL) in other first round action from Wooster. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET.