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No. 17 Wittenberg Outlasts Oberlin

Springfield, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team was able to hang tough with No. 17 Wittenberg, but in the end the Tigers proved to be too strong as they defeated the Yeomen 69-57 on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Josh Merritt led the way for the Yeomen with 24 points. Rookie Mile Gueno also had the best game of his young career with 10 points, eight of which came in the first half.

In the opening half the Tigers gained control from the onset and never let off the gas as they claimed a 32-18 lead at the break. Their stiff defense limited the Yeomen to just 25-percent (6-of-24) shooting in the frame.

In the second half the Tigers were able to keep control and secure a double-digit lead throughout. Oberlin did get within 13 points on multiple occasions, and eventually got within 11 thanks to a Geoff Simpson triple-hit with 3:17 left to go. The Yeomen actually outscored the Tigers 39-37 over the final 20 minutes

The Yeomen were hindered by a large discrepancy on the boards as the Tigers ripped down 43 rebounds compared to Oberlin’s 24. Also 16 of the Tigers’ rebounds came on the offensive end, which translated into 16 second-chance points.

For the game the Yeomen shot 36.2-percent (17-of-47), including an 8-of-24 (33.3%) effort from beyond the arc. The Tigers checked in at 42.6-percent (23-of-54) in the win.

Oberlin returns home to host Penn State-New Kensington on Monday night at Philips Gym. Tip-time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will also kickoff the SAAC Canned Food Drive. The first 20 f
ns to donate two canned food items will receive a free tee-shirt and those who donate will also get double Yeo Zone punches.


Ninth-ranked Mount Union upset

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The No. 9 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team was upset, 63-52, atOtterbein Saturday in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener.


It was the end of a 13-game regular season win streak for the Purple Raiders (5-1) dating back to last season while Otterbein remains undefeated to open the season at 6-0.

Tabatha Piper scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Cardinals, who erased a seven-point Mount Union lead in the second half.


Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had 12 points and Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) 11 as the only Mount Union players in double figures.

Otterbein opened the game with a 13-5 lead before the Raiders rallied with a 17-7 run to take a 22-20 lead.  Mount Union extended that lead to six, 29-23 on a Kelly Evans(Twinsburg/Twinsburg) three-pointer with three minutes left in half, but the Raiders went scoreless the rest of the way and took a 29-27 lead into the half.


Mount Union scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to take a 36-29 lead on an Allen layup with 18:35 to play.


Otterbein then went on a decisive 12-0 run to retake the lead 41-36 and never surrendered the lead the rest of the game.


Mount Union stays on the road and plays at John Carroll next Wednesday (Dec. 7) at 7:30 pm.


Lake Erie's comeback falls short against the 


'Dale


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (3-3, 0-2 GLIAC) was able to cut a 14-point deficit to a single point but could not get over the hump as it fell to Hillsdale College (6-1, 2-0 GLIAC), 62-56, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center, Painesville, Ohio. 


The Storm was led by sophomore Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) with 12 points.  Following close behind was sophomore center Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius), who reached double-digits for the fifth time in six games with 11 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.  It was a balanced effort for the Lake Erie as seven players scored at least five points.  Hillsdale was led by center Nick Washburn with 17 points in just 18 minutes.

  

Austin (L), Parker (R)


Lake Erie led for the game's first five minutes as a difficult jumper by Thomas put the Storm ahead by their largest margin of the day, 11-5.  Hillsdale scored the next eight points and 15 of the next 16 to take a 21-12 advantage.  The Storm proceeded on a 10-2 run as a layup by junior Jordan Baker (Erie, Pa./McDowell) brought Lake Erie to within one at 23-22.  It was as close as the Storm would get as another 9-0 run helped but the Chargers head at the half with a 38-26 lead.  Washburn scored 15 points in the first half while Lake Erie was led by Thomas with eight. 


Hillsdale extended its lead to 14 points two times early in the second half but Washburn picked up his fourth foul at the 15:04 mark and Lake Erie was able to capitalize with the Hillsdale's top post player on the sidelines.  


The Storm cut the deficit to seven at 47-40 after a three-pointer by sophomore guard Tom Parker(Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) with 10:18 to play.  Washburn returned but it was short-lived as he quickly fouled out as Hillsdale led 49-42. 


Lake Erie immediately scored the next six points as an Austin three-pointer cut the margin to one at 49-48 at the 6:10 mark.  Hillsdale's Brandon Pritzl stopped the Storm run with a three but senior Brandon Smith(Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) answered back on the next possession with a pair of free throws.  Lake Erie's offense went cold as it came up empty on five straight possessions as the Chargers went ahead 58-50.  


A free throw by freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) and layup by Thomas and Austin brought it back to a one possession game with 59 seconds to play,  but on the game's biggest possession, strong ball Hillsdale ball movement led to an open Brad Guinane layup with 26 seconds left.  Lake Erie's final hopes were dashed on the other end as a Dudley layup attempt fell short. 


Lake Erie shot 38.6% from the field (17-of-44) while Hillsdale hit at a 44.2% (19-of-43) clip. 


The Storm will take the week off for finals before returning to action next Sunday for their first GLIAC road test atAshland University.


Harter Runner-Up at 285; Spartans Ninth at RIT Tournament

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senior heavyweight Cale Harter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wrest/2011-12/bios/harter%20cale%20o4s0> (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) finished runner-up in the 285-pound weight class as the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed ninth at the 46th Annual Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament on Saturday at Gordon Fieldhouse.

Harter posted a 3-1 record on the day to improve to 9-5 for the season. The senior captain opened the day with a 6-0 decision versus Brandon Jones of SUNY-Oswego before advancing to the third round with a 12-1 major decision versus Addison Carbone of Baldwin-Wallace College.

In the semifinals, Harter knocked off Anthony Joyce of Norwich University (Vt.) to advance to the championship match.

In a tight match with No. 1-seeded Kyle Sheridan of SUNY-Oswego, Harter fell by a count of 2-0. 



Mount falls in OAC opener


ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's basketball team suffered an 82-79 loss to Otterbein Saturday in theOhio Athletic Conference opener at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.


Chris Davis, who led the OAC in scoring and rebounding a year, picked up right where he left off as he had a double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Otterbein (2-3, 1-0 OAC).  


Mount Union (3-3, 0-1 OAC) senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) matched his season-high with 29 points.  Freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) had 12 points while junior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown) came off the bench with 11 points as the other two Raiders in double figures.


Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls Short of Case Reserve

 

December 3, 2011

 

HIRAM, OHIO – Despite leading for the majority of the game, the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell on the losing end of an 80-78 decision against Case today (Saturday, Dec. 3) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]

 

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 2-3 overall and the Spartans improve to 4-2 overall for the season.

 

Neither team would lead by more than four points in the first seven minutes of the game until a 9-0 scoring run by Hiram near the midway point of the half gave the Terriers an eight-point margin, 26-18, on a layup by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 10:40 left before halftime. Case battled back to get to within three points, 29-26, at the 6:58 mark, but Hiram responded again outscoring the Spartans, 13-5, to record its largest lead of the period of 11 points, 42-31, thanks to one-of-two free-throws by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) with 2:55 on the clock. Case ended the half on an 11-4 run of its own to cut the deficit back to single figures with a halftime score of 46-42.

 

In the second half, Hiram looked to take control scoring the first eight points to post its largest lead of the game, 54-42, on a jumper by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) with 17:42 left to play. Case rallied again and chipped away at the Terrier lead and eventually moved ahead of Hiram on the scoreboard with its first lead since the 13:00 minute mark of the first half with a 62-61 edge with 10:06 to go. The Spartans relinquished the lead only once in the final 10 minutes, but Hiram would have one more chance to even the score and force a possible overtime or win the game on a last second three-pointer. Case led by two points, 80-78, with 11 seconds left, but would miss both free-throw attempts that would’ve sealed the victory for the Spartans. The Terriers got the rebound off of the second errant free-throw and would get a good look from the top of the key as time expired. The shot attempt rimmed out resulting in the 80-78 victory for Case.

 

The Spartans had three players in double-figures led by David Thompson with 21 points on nine-of-13 shooting (69.2 percent). Austin Fowler was second with 18 points and Julien Person added 10 points. In addition, Tom Summers grabed a game-high 13 rebounds.

 

Hiram was led by Watkins who recorded his second career double-double with a game and career-high 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting (80.0 percent) to go along with 10 rebounds. Junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) was second with 20 points and Stefanov rounded out the high scorers with 11 points.


Baldwin-Wallace Wrestling Team Finishes 


Eighth at Rochester Institute of Technology 


Tournament

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team finished eighth of nine teams today (Saturday, December 3, 2011) at the annual Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman 184-pounder Tyler Blaine (Worthington/ Kilbourne) who posted a 2-2 record to place fourth He is now 6-4 overall and is second on the team in victories.

In addition, sophomore 133-pounder Andrew Taylor (Columbus/ Worthington/Kilbourne) and freshman 149-pounder Sam McIntosh (South Euclid/ Lyndhurst Brush) each had 4-2 marks to place fifth.  Taylor has a 7-4 slate and leads the team in wins.

Also for B-W, freshman 133-pounder Dylan Matz (Erie, Pa. / McDowell) had a 2-2 record, senior 133-pounder Jeremy Dombrady (Copley) had a 1-2 mark, and sophomore 285-pounder Addison Carbone (Hudson) and freshman 157-pounder Alexander Cahill (Westlake) each had 0-2 marks.  For Carbone, it marked his first wrestling matches since his sophomore season in high school.  He recently ended his football season as a starting defensive tackle for the 8-2 overall and 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets.



Wilmington Edges 'Berg, 67-54, in OAC 


Opener


TIFFIN, Ohio-Shelby Kies and Makenzie Wippel each scored a game-high 12
points and Wilmington College shot 23-of-34 from the free-throw line as the
Quakers defeated Heidelberg University, 67-54, today in an Ohio Athletic
Conference game at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  The game was the
OAC opener for the Berg.

Sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) led the Berg (2-4,
0-1 OAC), which lost consecutive games for the first time this season, with
11 points on five-of-12 shooting.  Freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral
City/Tusky Valley), who is averaging 9.0 points per game over her last two
contests, added eight points and sophomore guard Emily Giel
(Burton/Burkshire) and junior forward Molly Schriber (Sidney) each tallied
seven markers.  Schriber also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

In addition to Kies and Wippel for the Quakers (5-0, 2-0 OAC), LeAnn Topp
scored 10 points and Bria Eslick was one point shy of a double-double with
nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.  Kies and Topp combined to shoot
eight-of-18 from the field and Wippel went eight-of-10 from the charity
stripe.  Wilmington also controlled the rebounding battle, 57-32.

Wilmington opened the game with a four-point lead, but Heidelberg went on a
7-2 run to take a 7-6 lead at the 15:51 mark when Giel made a lay-up.

The Quakers took another four-point advantage, 11-7, at the 15:02 mark after
Emily Zimmer made a lay-up and a foul shot to convert the three-point play
following a foul by Giel.  

 






Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball Upsets 

No.4-Ranked Marietta, 93-74, In OAC Opener

BEREA, OHIO  – Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Holy Name) scored a season-high 17 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team upset No.4-ranked Marietta College, 93-74, today (Saturday, December 3, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. The 93 points scored by the Yellow Jackets were the most of the season and the most since the 2009-10 season when B-W scored 96 on two occasions.
Krakowiak

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets won their third straight game and improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the OAC. With the loss, the Pioneers drop their first game of the season and fall to 4-1 and 0-1 in the OAC.
In addition to Krakowiak, sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) scored a season-best  16 points, junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) tallied 11 points, sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick)contributed 10 points and grabbed a game-high five rebounds and sophomore post Aaron Selmek (Delaware/Columbus St. Francis DeSales) added 10 points.  The Pioneers were led by Kevin Knab with a game-high 27 points.

B-W netted the first points of the game when Payne scored a layup on a fast break at the 18:04 mark of the first half.  Marietta responded with a jumper from Jason Humphrey to tie the game, 2-2.
The two teams battled back and forth in the early stages of the contest until the Yellow Jackets went on a 13-3 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Fairhurst , to take a 22-9 advantage with 10:03 to go  in the first half.

B-W extended its lead to as many as 17 points when senior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) stroked a jumper at 6:42 to give B-W a 35-18 advantage.
The Pioneers closed the half by cutting the Yellow Jacket lead down to 10 points, 43-33, after Knab scored on a layup as time expired in the first half.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Wins Conference Opener Against The College of Wooster

 

December 3, 2011

 

HIRAM, OHIO – Freshman forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) connected on back-to-back jumpers in the final minute, including what would turn out to be the game-winning bucket, as the Hiram College women’s basketball team came away with a 54-53 win against The College of Wooster today (Saturday, Dec. 3) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener for the Terriers at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]

 

With the win, the Terriers have won four straight games to improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots fall to 1-4 overall and 0-2 NCAC.

 

Wooster was in control for the majority of the first half as Hiram shot just 26.7 percent (eight-of-30) from the field. The Scots took the lead at the 14:10 minute mark and led by as many as 10 points, 29-19, with 2:32 left before the intermission. Junior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) scored the final points for Hiram in the half to cut the lead to eight points, 29-21. But Wooster tallied one-of-two free-throws in the final 30 seconds to claim a 30-21 advantage heading into the locker rooms.

 

In the second half, the Hiram shooting improved as the Terriers began the period with a 12-2 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give Hiram a 33-32 lead with 14:18 left to play. The Scots quickly recaptured the lead, but would never lead by more than four points the rest of the way, including a 49-45 margin with 3:35 to go. Morford connected on a jumper with 46 seconds left following a Wooster turnover to narrow the gap to a point, 53-52. The Scots turned the ball over again on their ensuing possession giving the ball back to Hiram will a chance to take the lead. Senior All-NCAC guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) found Morford underneath the basket for her second consecutive field goal which also gave the Terriers a 54-53 lead with 19 seconds remaining. Following back-to-back misses by Wooster in the final seconds, Morford would get the rebound and would be fouled with two seconds left. Despite missing the free-throw and the rebound going in favor of Wooster, the Scots failed to get a shot off as Hiram hung for a 54-53 victory.

 

Wooster was led in scoring by Jessica Wingen with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Samantha Sulzer was the only other Scot in double-figures with 12 points.

 

Hiram had one player score in double-digits in sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) with 11 points on four-of-nine shooting (44/4 percent). In addition, junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and Durichko finished the game with a game-high eight assists.


Wilmington Dials Long Distance to Sink 


'Berg Men's Basketball



WILMINGTON, Ohio-Antonio Bowman came off the bench to score a game-high 22
points and five Quakers scored in double figures to lead Wilmington College
past the Heidelberg University men's basketball team, 92-66, today in an
Ohio Athletic Conference game at Fred Raizk Arena in Wilmington, Ohio.
Bowman was six-of-11 shooting from the field, including four-of-five from
the three-point line.

Heidelberg (1-4, 0-2 OAC) was led by junior honorable mention All-OAC
forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) (13 points), sophomore forward Victor
Fortkamp (St. Henry) (11) and junior guard Quentin Aden (Canal
Winchester/Harvest Prep) (10), who combined for 34 of the team's 66 points.
The trio was also 14-of-20 from the field, as the Student Princes shot 50.0
percent (24-of-48) overall, the second time this season they have achieve
the 50.0 percent mark.

Davis also matched Fortkamp and junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep), who had eight points, for a team-high five
rebounds.  Davis and Givner each dished out three assists, while Davis added
a pair of blocks and a steal to his line.


Witt clubs Oberlin


Springfield, Ohio – First-year Christina Marquette was one rebound shy of her first-career double-double, but it wasn’t enough as the Wittenberg University Tigers pulled away in the second half to upend the Oberlin College women’s basketball team 67-50 on Saturday afternoon at Pam Evans Smith Arena.

Marquette, a native of Huntington Beach, California., finished with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.  Sophomore Allison Gannon also chipped in with 10 points in the setback, while Lillan Jahan added eight of her own.

The opening half proved to be a defensive battle as both teams struggled to shoot the ball with great success as both squads combined to make just 17 field goals. However, the Tigers did take a 25-20 lead into the locker room.

In the first part of the second half, Oberlin was keeping Wittenberg in check and trailed just 35-33 with 12:13 left in the game. Unfortunately, a quick 8-0 spurt over the next 2:30 by the Tigers opened things up and spring boarded them to the victory.

Once again the Yeowomen were hindered by underwhelming shooting performance as they finished at 34.6-percent, making 18-of-52 triggers on the afternoon. The Tigers checked in at 43.3-percent (26-of-60) overall, but were deadly from downtown as they deposited 10-of-19 (52.6%) triple-tries.


Marietta Women Beat B-W, 70-64, to End 33-


Game Losing Streak to the Yellow Jackets

MARIETTA, OHIO  – Junior forward Aleisha Guiler scored a game-high 19 points and six as the Marietta College women’s basketball team defeated OhioAthletic Conference rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 70-64, today (Saturday, December 3, 2011) at the Ban Johnson Fieldhouse.  The Marietta win ended a 33-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets that dated back to December 19, 1994.

With their win, Marietta improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the OAC. In addition to Guiler, freshman forward Heather Booth had 13 points and junior point guard Kristeva Rowe had 10.  For B-W, now 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the OAC, junior All-OAC forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) and sophomore forward Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) each had 14 points and freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) had 10.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the 18:16 mark when Capenter scored on a drive to the basket. B-W then gained a 4-1 lead before the Pioneers tied it at 4-4 at 16:18 when Rowe made a three-pointer.

After the game was tied at 6-6 and 8-8, Marietta gained its first lead at 10-8 with 13:02 when sophomore guard Paige Lamb made a layup. Then, following six lead changes, B-W junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) made one of two foul shots at 8:38 to tie it again at 16-16.

The Pioneers regained the lead at 18-16 at the 8:13 when Guiler made a pair of foul shots. Undaunted, B-W tied it at 18-18 on a Carpenter layup and then took a 21-18 lead when she made a three-pointer at 7:08. MC then outscored B-W 5-2 to tie it at again 23-23 when Guiler made a jumper at 5:59.

After the game was tied at 25-25, B-W scored four of the next five points and took a 29-26 lead at the 2:47 mark when Lairson made a jumper.  Two seconds before halftime, the Pioneers fouled Carpenter who made both one-and-one foul shots to give the Yellow Jackets a 33-29 advantage at the intermission.

Lairson started the second half by making a pair of foul shots at 19:36 to give the Yellow Jackets their largest lead at 35-29. Guiler continued to keep the Pioneers in the game when she nailed a triple at 18:15 to cut the lead to three points at 35-32. But baskets by Lairson at 17:52 and junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) at 17:12 pushed the lead to seven points at 39-32.

Marietta then scored the next six points to cut the lead to 39-38 at 14:23 when Lamb made a rebound. B-W freshman point guard Shari Mangas (Leipsic) ended the drought when she made one of two foul shots for a 40-38 lead at 14:04. But the Pioneers came right back to tie it at 40-40 and 42-42 and took the lead at 45-42 at 12:36 when sophomore guard Tori Dixon canned a trey.

Marietta built its largest lead at 50-42 when Rowe scored on a layup at 9:56, was fouled and completed the traditional three-point play when she made the subsequent free throw.  Smolik ended the latest drought when she canned a jumper at 9:44 to close to 50-44.

A Lamb foul shot at 8:34 put the lead back at seven points at 51-44 and a Booth rebound and basket advanced the lead to nine at 53-44 with 7:56 left.  B-W would get as close as 55-51 with 6:14 left when sophomore forward Lexi