Wooster takes down Thiel
Fighting Scots’ Thorpe sets new career high with 21 points
WOOSTER, Ohio -- No. 19 Wooster scored the final nine points of the first half, including a long 3-pointer by Doug Thorpe at the buzzer, to go ahead 40-28.
The Fighting Scots led by six or more points throughout the second half during a 78-68 win against Thiel as part of the 49th annual "Mose" Hole/Kiwanis Classic.
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Wooster (8-2) scored during each of its last four possessions of the opening half while holding Thiel (7-3) without a point during the same time.
Justin Hallowell fed Josh Claytor underneath for a lay-up, and then fueled by a blocked shot by the 5-9 Thorpe, Hallowell converted a transition lay-up to match its biggest lead to that point (35-28).
After another defensive stop, Claytor followed up a missed shot with an offensive rebound and put-back while being fouled.
He was unable to complete the three-point play, but then grabbed the rebound off a second missed free throw by the Tomcats and got the ball to Thorpe.
He eventually knocked down a 3-pointer from about four feet behind the arc right before the horn, and the Fighting Scots' advantage quickly ballooned to 12.
In what turned out to be a foul-plagued second half, Wooster accounted for the first three points, extending its run to 12-0. The Tomcats came back connecting on three 3-pointers and were right back within 46-40.
The margin would fluctuate between six to 12 points the final 12 minutes. One of the key plays was a 3-pointer by Hallowell that gave the Scots a 72-62 cushion around the 1:40 mark.
Thiel did manage to cut it down to six again (72-66), but Wooster made its last six free throws to seal the win.
The Scots attempted a season-high 38 free throw attempts, making 26 to shoot 68 percent. The Tomcats went 16-25 (64 percent) from the stripe. The two teams combined for 52 fouls, 35 during the second half alone.
Rebounding was the difference in the game, with Wooster owning a 46-29 advantage, which resulted in 22 second-chance points to Thiel's 10.
Thorpe broke his career high in scoring for the second time in three games, this time with 21 points, nine better than his previous high. Hallowell contributed in a variety of areas with 12 points, six boards, five assists, and three blocks, game-highs in the two latter categories.
Justin Warnes chipped in 11 points to the winning effort, Claytor collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Devon Adams and Anthony Harvey shared team scoring honors with 17 points apiece for Thiel, while Blair Rozenblad led all players with 10 rebounds.