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The Otterbein men’s basketball team failed to bring home a win in a tough week of conference play this week. 

Wednesday night, the Cardinals fought hard, but lost within the final minutes to the Wilmington Quakers. Otterbein started slow, but quickly regrouped and fought back and forth with the Quakers for the lead. Otterbein would go on an 8-0 run to end the half in a tie. 

Otterbein was plagued by another slow start, but early foul trouble opened the door for a possible comeback. Down three with 15 seconds left, Otterbein would get the ball back, but freshman guard Dallas Patrick stepped out of bounds to give the ball back to Wilmington. 

The Quakers and Cardinals shot a total of 56 combined free throws, with 43 free throws coming in the second half.

          

Otterbein lost a rough game Saturday night, as they took on No.14-ranked Mount Union in Alliance.

The Cardinals struggled quickly as Mount Union made a quick 11-2 run to start the quarter, and would dominate the rest of the game.

The Raiders would go on a 22-2 run with seven minutes remaining in the first half, and would not let off the gas, ultimately winning 99-72.

          

Junior and sophomore guards Mo Beavers and Jake Justice put on a show against Wilmington, dropping 17 points each. Patrick led the team in scoring for the week, with a combined 55 points.

Otterbein looks to add a few to the win column this week as they make a homestand against Ohio Northern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday against Muskingum at 2 p.m. at the Rike Center. 

The Cardinals are 6-15 overall with a 3-11 conference record.