Wilmington College turned back Otterbein from the free throw line Wednesday night for a 74-64 Ohio Athletic Conference win at Hermann Court’s Fred Raizk Arena.
The win pushes the Quakers to 3-11 overall and 2-7 in the OAC. Otterbein is now 3-13 overall, 1-8 in league play.
Brandon Smith, off the WC bench, led the way on offense with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. In all, WC’s bench outscored the Otterbein bench players 33-11.
But he had help as Zach McCorkle (12), Chris Jackson (10) and DJ Iles (10) all reached double figures in scoring. McCorkle also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots to pace WC.
Grant Fenner led Otterbein with 18 points.
Wilmington had its shooting stroke much of the night, connecting on 47 percent of its field goal attempts.
Both teams committed 17 turnovers, but the Quakers turned those into 26 points while the Cardinals managed just 12 points off turnovers.
The Quakers had their largest lead of the night, 49-35, when Smith drained a long-range three-pointer at the 10:52 mark of the second half.
But rather than put the Cardinals away, the Quakers allowed a 20-8 run and suddenly it was a two-point game, 57-55, with 4:43 to go in the second half.
McCorkle (3-for-4), Jackson (2-for-2) and Iles (6-for-6) combined to make 11 of 12 free throws from that point on to keep Wilmington in front for the victory.