Griffins Fall On The Road Against Greenville, Multiple Division III Records Broken

Photo credit: Ian Dunn
Photo credit: Ian Dunn

GREENVILLE, Ill.— When the Fontbonne University and Greenville Panthers men's basketball teams get together, NCAA Division III records are never out of reach. Tonight, the Griffins fell 200-146 against Greenville and multiple Division III records were broken.

The 346 combined points breaks the previous mark of 318 the two teams set last season against each other where Fontbonne won 164-154 in overtime. The 136 combined rebounds today also is a new record the two teams had last year of 126.

Also, the previous combined assists record was 79 set all the way back in 1995. Tonight, the two teams surpassed that with a new record of 82.

Overall, the Griffins (8-13; 6-8 SLIAC) shot a season-high 62.6 percent from the floor and came away with 66 rebounds. Individually, Jared Woodcock set a career-high with 33 points on 14-of-19 shooting.

Luke DeLine netted 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Jalen Wadlington also set a career-high with 21 points and nine boards on 9-of-10 shooting. Caden Clark (18) and Carter Collins (12), also set career-highs in points, while Carter Otwell finished with 10.

Gus Kleekamp contributed eight points and tied the single-season record at Fontbonne with 12 assists.

Greenville (14-6; 11-2 SLIAC), shot 47.4 percent from the field, drained a SLIAC record 33 3-pointers, totaled 70 rebounds and 38 assists.

Eric Williams led all scorers with a game-high 38 points and pulled down 15 boards. Marvin Bateman (37), Johari Dix (28), Daniel Saeli (19), Swade Edwards (16), Barry Nixon (16), Austyn Conteras (11), and Anthony Zataray (11), were the final players in double-figures.   

In the first half, the Griffins trailed 31-24 at the 13:12 mark on Woodcock's made layup. Later, at the 7:05 mark, the Panthers stretched its advantage out to 58-41 on Saeli's 3-pointer.

The Panthers maintained its double-digit lead the rest of the way and went into the locker room on top, 97-70.

Fontbonne shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the first and Woodcock was nearly perfect from the field going 9-of-10 to lead with 21 points. Greenville, meanwhile, connected on 41.5 percent of its attempts and they were led by Williams' 20 off the bench.

In the second half, despite Fontbonne shooting 59.6 percent from the field and scoring 76 points in the half, the Panthers offense proved to be too much as they went on for the win.

The Griffins look to bounce back on Wednesday night in front of the home crowd against Blackburn. Tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

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