A Page -- Jan 9, 2010

"Take three" is Cannes, France 

for Rocky River's Anthony 

Gardner on the quarterback 

circuit after St. Edward and 

Baldwin-Wallace; Cleveland 

Touchdown Club MVP to turn 

pro next month overseas


Jan. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

BEREA – Rocky River native and St. Edward alumnus Anthony Gardner was here at Baldwin-Wallace College this afternoon to publicly announce his signing of a contract to embark on a professional football career in France.

 

The Yellow Jacket quarterback, who just graduated last month from the college, has signed with the Cannes Iron Mask and is leaving next week to begin his first practice with his new team. He will be playing in the Division I French pro circuit, the highest of the three tiers of American Football in the country.

Gardner

 

Cannes of course is a household name among movie buffs since it is the city where the Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious annual awards ceremony of its kind in the world, is held.

 

“It will be an exciting place for me to be staying; the French Riviera is right there,” said Gardner. “I am doing it more for experience than anything else. It is professional, but not the high paid level we know it as here. I look at it as a fairly long vacation in which I get paid to do something I like doing. I’d rather do this than sit in an office.”

 

Iron Mask’s season begins in February. If Cannes wins the national championship, it would then compete in the Euro Bowl against teams from other countries on the continent.

 

Gardner just finished his academic program since the last four football seasons were his second through fifth school years on his academic calendar and first through fourth on his athletic eligibility calendar. He began his college career five years ago as a Division I recruit scholarship player at the University of Hawaii, but it was not his cup of tea and he returned to Cleveland after only a brief visit in the pineapple island-state.

 

He wants to use the pro playing experience as a practicum for his career goal of becoming a coach. He also will be helping out with coaching the juniors (youth team) while there.

 

“I’ll be back by the summer so hopefully I can help out coaching at St. Ed, B-W or somewhere around here until I go back next year,” said Gardner.

Cannes Iron Mask quarterback Anthony Gardner 

He was also offered contracts to play in Serbia, Norway and Finland, but opted for France because the other countries’ seasons do not begin until later in the spring.

 

“My coaches told me a couple years ago that I could probably do this,” Gardner said. “I had to upload a profile and game film and was able to get these offers.”

 

Gardner is one of only three imports allowed on the team by league rule. The rest are Frenchmen.

 

Gardner was the Cleveland Touchdown Club MVP Award winner this past fall, honoring him as the top offensive player in the city. Twice he was name All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team while also receiving B-W’s Dr. Ray E. Watts Award as the Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2009.

 

Shaun Carney preceded Gardner at St. Ed and then went on to be a four-year starter at quarterback for Air Force. Carney, whose uncle was a wide receiver at B-W as well as Fairview High in the 1980s, is now an officer in the Air Force.

 

“Shaun was a senior when I was a sophomore at St. Ed,” Gardner said. “It was great playing behind and then taking over for someone like him at quarterback. He was going to give it a pro shot in Canada but then was injured in his last game. St. Ed is a good program not only for quarterbacks who want to move to the next level but others as well. They were adjusting this year and will get back to winning again next year. They have a good coaching staff.”

Dan Larlham (9) also saw pro path from B-W

 

Walsh Jesuit alum Dan Larlham had a tryout in Canada at quarterback after leading B-W to its last playoff appearance in 2003. Gardner is ranked third on the all-time passing list at B-W behind Larlham and John Koz, who played at a different high school in Lakewood (Lakewood) and had a brief tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Gardner follows John Koz (12) from Lakewood to Berea to pro possibilities

Gardner was looking into acquiring some Rosetta Stone tapes to learn French until he learned of the high cost associated with them.

 

“I hope I can learn the language by experience,” Gardner sane. “My brother’s girlfriend gave me some flashcards I’ve been looking at to learn some words.”

 

‘Berg Falls to the Quakers


Midpark's Jim Smalley grabs 


nine boards

 

By Nathan LaRiccia


Tiffin – January 9, 2010 –The Heidelberg University men’s basketball team dropped a hard fought 79-66 decision to Wilmington CollegeHeidelberg drops to 8-5 overall, 4-2 in OAC on the year, while Wilmington improves to 12-2, 7-0 in the conference.
 
In the first half, the game would go back and forth including nine lead changes, while the Quakers would lead by a small margin of 36-33 going into halftime.
 
After intermission, Wilmington came out strong and scored five quick points including, Brandon Rogers finding R.J. Brown for a layup, making the score 41-33.

 

Heidelberg would battle back and knot things up to 52-52, when freshman Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Harvest Preparatory) scored an easy two, inside the paint.

 

Despite great effort by Heidelberg, Wilmington would not give up the lead and would win 79-66.
 
Givner led the way with a career-high 22 points, to go along with seven rebounds.  Backing up Givner was senior Matt Grieves (Huron, Ohio / Huron) with nine points. Senior Josh Calver (Shelby, Ohio / Shelby) scored seven points and dished out a game-high seven assists.

 

Senior Jim Smalley (Middelburg Heights, Ohio / Midpark) and freshman Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers) had six points apiece. Davis provided great energy including three dunks and game-high four blocks.

Midpark alum Jim Smalley

 

On the glass, Smalley led the team with nine rebounds. Freshman Adrian Casey Jr. (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain Admiral King) racked in six boards and had five points.

AK alum Adrian Casey
 
Heidelberg is back in action when it travels to John Carroll University on Wednesday, January 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeats Earlham (Ind.) College

January 9, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt


RICHMOND, IND.  –  Senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds as the Hiram College women’s basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Earlham College, 74-68, today (Saturday, Jan. 9) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Richmond, Ind.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers are now 2-11 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC.  The Quakers fall to 2-11 overall and 1-4 NCAC.  

Hiram looked to lead early, scoring the first four points, but an ensuing 6-0 scoring run by Earlham gave the Quakers a 6-4 edge with 16:49 left in the opening half.  The game remained close until late in the period when Earlham began to pull away and led by as many as 12 points, 40-28, with 38 seconds remaining and took a 42-31 advantage into halftime.

Earlham led by as many as 13 points on two occassions in the second half, including a 52-39 margin with 14:00 left to play.  The Terriers then went on an 18-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Mayle that gave Hiram a 57-54 lead at the 5:38 minute mark.  Both teams would be deadlocked at 60-60 with 3:43 to go, when an 8-0 run that ended in a triple by junior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) gave Hiram its largest lead of the game, 68-60, with 2:02 to play.  Earlham made it a one possession game, 70-68, with just 20 seconds left, but four straight free-throws by the Terriers to end the game secured a 74-68 come-from-behind victory.

Hiram shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field and held Earlham to 35.5 percent (22-of-62) shooting.  The Terriers also outrebounded the Quakers, 44-35.

Earlham was led by Nikki Darrett and Star Gary who both scored 22 points.  Darrett also added seven rebounds and Gary grabbed a game-high eight boards.  Whitney Sparkman was the only other Quaker in double figures with 11 points.

Hiram was led by Mayle’s 23 points on seven-of-17 shooting (41.2 percent), including an impressive seven-of-eight (87.5 percent), to go along with her seven rebounds.  Sophomore guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) rounded out the high-scorers with 12 points.

Hiram will conclude its six-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 13 when it travels to Wooster for a NCAC matchup against The College of Wooster.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m

Strong Second Half Gives Hiram College Men’s Basketball Win Against Earlham (Ind.) College;
Terriers snap four-game losing streak behind 25-point effort from JFK alumnus Chris Roberts

January 9, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt


RICHMOND, IND.  –  Junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) scored a game-high 25 points as the Hiram College men’s basketball team erased a five-point haltime deficit to defeat Earlham College, 69-52, this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 9) in a NCAC game in Richmond, Ind.  [Game Stats]

The Terriers snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 6-7 overall and 3-1 in the NCAC.  The Quakers are now 3-10 overall and 1-3 NCAC.

Hiram jumped out early, outscoring Earlham, 14-6, in the first 4:47 of the opening half.  But an ensuing 12-3 scoring run by the Quakers cut the Hiram lead to 18-17 at the 11:47 minute mark.  The Terriers would get some breathing room with six straight points on a pair of free-throws by freshman guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) and three-point play by junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) to make the score 23-17.  But Earlham battled back and outscored Hiram, 21-10, to end the half and had a 38-33 lead at the break.

Hiram outscored Earlham, 36-14, in the second half and began the period with an 11-2 run that ended with two free-throws by Roberts to give the Terriers a 45-38 lead with 14:33 left to play.  Hiram never trailed in the game again and increased its lead to as many as 19 points, 69-50, with 28 seconds remaining thanks to a layup by Eniola, en route to the 69-52 victory.

Hiram shot 57.9 percent (11-of-19) in the second half and ended the game shooting 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field overall.  Earlham shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the floor.

Earlham had three players score in double figures, led by Shane Heidt’s 15 points on five-of-five shooting.  A.J. Sutherlin was second with 13 points followed by Justin Barger with 12 points.

Hiram was led by Roberts’ 25 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent), including an impressive 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line.  Eniola and sophomore forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) rounded out the high scorers with 12 points each.  Eniola also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Hiram will host Oberlin College on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.



Second-Half Runs Send Storm 

Women to Fourth Straight Win, 74-

63 Over Central State


Lake Erie scored the final 15 points 

of the game to reach the 12-win 

mark for just the second time


Stow's Alyssa Wagers' 17 points all come in second half

Jan. 9, 2010

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored all 17 of her points in the second half as the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team rallied from a half-time deficit to reach the 12-win mark for just the second time in school history with a 74-63 road win at Central State University today

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Alyssa Wagers

Three other players reached double figures for Lake Erie as the Storm (12-8) matched its season-high with its fourth straight win by scoring the game's final 15 points.

Lake Erie led by four with just under six minutes remaining in the first half, but scored just two more points the remainder of the period and trailed 36-31 at halftime.

Central State (6-9) built a seven-point lead early in the second half before a 16-5 Lake Erie run, keyed by Wagers and senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) put the Storm up 52-48.  The Marauders responded and took a four-point lead of their own at 63-59 on a jumper by Deshundra Gibson with 5:44 to go. 

Bedford's Renese Ames

But that would be Central State’s last points of the game.  A three-pointer by sophomore guard Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) kick started a 15-0 run by the Storm to close the game.

Wagers added eight rebounds, three steals and three assists to go along with her 17 points. Ames and Caiola each scored 15 points and sophomore post Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  As a team the Storm shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field and was 12-of-13 from the foul line. 

The Marauders got a game-high 19 points from Gibson and a double-double from Brooklyn Morrow (15 points, 10 rebounds)  but shot just 23-of-67 (23%) from the floor, including only two-of-13 from three-point range.  Central State also hit just 15-of-27 from the line.  They missed their final five field goal and five free throw attempts.

The Storm will look to extend its winning streak to five games on Tuesday night, Jan. 12, at home against traditional area rival Ursuline College.  Tip-off at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center is 7 p.m.

Second-Half Slump Sends Storm 

Men to 82-74 Loss at Central State

Despite Bradshaw’s 25 points, LEC 

struggles from field in final 20 

minutes


Jan. 8, 2010


By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored a game-high 25 points but second-half shooting struggles sent the Lake Erie College men’s basketball team to an 82-74 defeat at Central State University this afternoon (Jan. 9).

After shooting nearly 50 percent in the first half the Storm (6-13) hit on just 11-of-34 (32.4%) over the final 20 minutes.

Central State (12-3), which also shot well in the first half, picked it up in the second, connecting on  57.9% (11-of-19) to outscore the Storm 40-33 after halftime.

The Marauders raced out to a nine-point lead in the first three minutes and the lead grew to 10 at the 14-minute mark before the Storm battled back.  A 10-2 Lake Erie run closed the gap and the Storm eventually took its first lead at 31-30 on a tip-in by freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton).

Garrick Sims

The teams continued to go back-and-forth over the next  six minutes with Central State taking a one-point lead, 42-41, into the locker room.

The Marauders had a three-point lead at 58-55 before a 13-5 run pushed the margin into double digits with just over six minutes left.  From the point, the Storm could not get closer than five points.  Central State closed it out by hitting four free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.

Bradshaw, who scored 18 of his points in the first half, finished seven-of-14 from the field and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line. Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Sims finished with 12 points for the Storm.    

Lake Erie shot 39.7% overall in the game.

The Marauders were led by Cole Prophet with 16 points. Anthony Passley had 14 points and Damone Pledger scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.   Central State was 27-of-52 (51.9%) shooting and went 23-of-27 from the foul line in the game.

The Storm will be idle until Saturday, Jan. 23, at Urbana University.

 

 

 

Sandusky St. Mary alumna Catherine Spisak

Deep bench again a simple 

formula for B-W women; 

Sandusky's Catherine Spisak 

comes off the bench to bag 

double-double; Ariel Brough pops 

in career-high 18 in starting role

Jan. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

BEREA – When a team is driven by its depth the way the Baldwin-Wallace women’s basketball team is, it is only a matter of time before someone is going to come off the bench to register a double-double.

 

Sandusky St. Mary alumna Catherine Spisak did just that today, hauling down 10 rebounds and scoring 13 points, as the Yellow Jackets extended their winning streak to five games with a 75-50 win over Muskingum. They still have a share for second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference at 6-1.

 

It was the second double-double of her career. As the team’s leading rebounder, she has been getting accustomed to reaching double digits in caroms, but this time she found the bucket on the offensive end as well.

 

“It’s good to know that I have been getting rebounds because that means I am helping out more defensively, which is what our coaches want,” Spisak said. “Last year I was thinking too much about offense. Now I am contributing more on defense and if I get points while doing so that’s just extra.”

 

Spisak also surpassed the 100-mark for rebounds this season during the victory over the Muskies. Coach Cheri Harrer used the two-platoon system more today than the one or two players a time kind of revolving subbing system.

 

“The whole idea behind the platoon is to bring in more energy on defense,” Spisak. “Coach always tells me when she sends me in to get some rebounds and deny the opponents.”

 

Spisak played more minutes (20) than each of the five starters, but three starters logged 19 minutes and 19 players logged 15 or more. Spisak was 3 of 6 from the field and 7 of 9 at the line.

 

Meanwhile, the other platoon did its share of the work as well. Amanda Schroeder, the team’s leading scorer and only one averaging in double figures in points 14.8, tossed in 14 points, but more important was on the mark, making 5 of 9 from the field, 2 of 2 from the line and 2 of 4 from beyond the arc for better than average percentages for a guard.

 

“I was getting some good passes, which always helps when I am being counted on to shoot,” said Schroeder.

 Amanda Schroeder

Now there was a difference maker in the game. Of B-W’s 24 baskets, 17 were assisted while only five of the Muskies’ 18 were. Schroeder also had a game-high five assists, while Monica Gustin added four. Schroeder also put up some impressive numbers on the boards for a guard, grabbing eight rebounds, second highest in the game next to Spisak. The Jackets outrebounded the Muskies by nearly 2-1, 44-27.

 Monica Gustin

The Jackets were coming off a big win over previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Mount Union on the road and had to guard against a letdown, which is often the case when a less formidable opponent is next in line.

 

“We spoke the other day about not worrying over the quality of the team we are playing and to just focus in on what we had to do and make sure we came out strong,” Schroeder said.

 

Starting center Ariel Brough, who last week became only the second lady in OAC history to block 200 shots in a career, blocked four shots her first 16 minutes of this game for an average of one every four minutes and wound up with a game-high 18 points, which is also her career best.

Ariel Brough

Women’s Basketball - Cold Spell Continues as #15/16 Mount Union Takes Second Straight Loss; Westlake's Rosa LaMattina leads Purple Raiders with 11 points

Jan. 9, 2010

By Lenny Reich 

ALLIANCE, OH-- — As cold as it was outside, it was equally cold inside as another cool shooting day from the No. 15 ranked Mount Union women’s basketball team resulted in a second loss in a row as the Purple Raiders fell to Otterbein, 58-49 in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Kristi Kotterman scored a game-high 17 points, Katy Miller had 12 and Shea McCoy had 10 for Otterbein as the Cardinals moved to 5-9 overall and 2-5 in the OAC.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had 11 points and was the only Purple Raider in double figures as Mount Union falls to 12-2 overall and 5-2 in the OAC.

Rosa LaMattina


LaMattina gave Mount Union a 3-0 lead to start the game, but the Raiders then missed their next 10 shots from the floor while Otterbein ran out to an 11-4 lead. The Cardinals would stretch that lead to as many as 14 points, 21-7, when Rachel Snedegar hit a layup with 9:42 left in the period. Otterbein would take a 13-point advantage, 30-17, into the half. Mount Union would finish the half hitting just 6-of-30 (20-percent) shots.

The Cardinals extended the lead to 21 points in the opening minutes of the second half as a Katie Stallard layup made it 40-19 with 15:46 remaining. Mount Union rallied late getting it back to five points, 51-46 with 1:08 to play, but a Kristi Kotterman three-pointer on the next possession stretched the lead back to eight and Otterbein went on to the nine point win.

Mount Union did not shoot much better in the second half making just 9-of-32 shots in the period to finish the game 17-of-62 (27-percent). It was also the second straight game that the Raiders were out-rebounded as the Cardinals held a 47-35 edge on the boards.

Mount Union plays next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Muskingum in an OAC contest at 7:30 pm in New Concord.
3-point Barrage Buries Oberlin
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By Mike Mancini

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University knock downed 16 3-poniters as they cruised to a 82-56 victory over the Oberlin College men’s basketball team this afternoon in Pam Evans Smith Arena.

Freshman Andrew Fox led the Yeomen with 15 points. Sophomore Dashan Gary scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while classmateMarcus Johnson also added 10 points in the loss. 

“We need to get some more confidence in ourselves and believe we can play with these teams, cause I believe we can,” Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. “We need to work on guarding the perimeter cause the 3-point shot has been killing us lately.”

Oberlin (4-9, 0-4 NCAC) scored the first four points of the game and played right with the Tigers for the first 10 minutes of play, but Wittenberg (11-2, 3-1 NCAC) dialed in on eight triple-tries in the first half en route to leading 40-30 at the break.

In the second half the Tigers quickly built a 15-point lead and never let the Yeomen get back into it as they led by double-digits the rest of the way. 

The Tigers finished a blistering 61.5-percent (16-of-26) from long range and 51.7-percent (31-of-60) overall. Oberlin checked in at 41.5-percent (17-of-41) in the game.

On a positive note, Oberlin did shoot 79.2-percent (19-of-24) at the free throw line. 

The Yeomen will hope to snap their four-game skid when they travel to Hiram College on Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. conference clash.

Baldwin-Wallace Men Defeat 

Muskingum, 60-58, in New 

Concord for Fifth Straight 

Victory

Jan. 9, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Junior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./Fairview) scored 15 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University, 60-58, today (Saturday, January 9, 2010) in the Muskingum HPER Center in New Concord. The victory was a season-high fifth straight for the Yellow Jackets (9-5 overall, 4-3 in the OAC).

In addition to Meeder for B-W, sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/Senior) had 10 points and six assists and freshman forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) had a game-high 11 rebounds. The Fighting Muskies (5-9 overall, 0-7 OAC) were led by Cory Bourquin with a game-high 17 points.  Keys to the Yellow Jacket win included outscoring Muskingum 15-7 at the free throw line and grabbing 11 offensive rebounds. 

In the first half, the two teams went back and forth in the first five minutes until B-W went on an 8-0 run to take a 15-7 lead at the 10:53 mark when junior forward Kevin Gall (Brook Park/Midpark) made a layup. Muskingum responded with a 12-4 run of its own, tying the game at 19-19 when Kyle Clinedist hit a jumper with 6:43 left in the first half. B-W outscored Muskingum 12-7 the rest of the half to take a 31-26 halftime lead.

Midpark's Kevin Gall

In the second half, Muskingum tied the game at 33-33 at the 16:39 mark when Clinedist made a layup. B-W then went on a 16-9 run to take a seven point lead at 49-42 with 9:02 remaining as Gall hit a jumper on assist from senior forward Paul Glass (Medina/Senior). Muskingum again fought back and tied the game at 51-51 with 3:33 left when Carson Thomas hit one of three free throws. After three lead changes and one tie, B-W took the lead for good on a layup from Meeder at 58-56 with 57 seconds left.  On the next possession, Muskingum failed to score and then fouled Meeder who split the pair of free throws with 19 seconds left, giving B-W a three point lead at 59-56. After a Cabbil block on a Colin Bass layup, Muskingum’s Bourquin was fouled and made both free throws with two seconds left, making the score 59-58. The Fighting Muskies quickly fouled Cabbil, who made one of two free throws with one second left for the final score of 60-58.

Medina native Paul Glass

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 13 when they host Ohio Northern University in the Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea at 7:30 p.m.

Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com.


In addition, the upcoming February 20, 2010 game versus Otterbein College will be taped by S&S Video Productions and telecast onSportsTime Ohio.  The Feb. 20 game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on that game, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site atwww.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10.

Men’s Basketball - Mount 

Union Frozen By Cardinals in 

Loss

Jan. 9, 2010

By Lenny Reich

WESTERVILLE, OH- — Mount Union’s men’s basketball team was frozen with a scoring drought in a 63-48 Ohio Athletic Conference lossat Otterbein on a cold tonight in Westerville.

Mount Union (5-9 overall, 3-4 OAC) went without a field goal over a span that covered 13:25 between the end of the first half and start of the second half. Wes Knavel hit a layup to bring the Purple Raiders within seven, 23-16 with 7:29 left in the half. Mount Union would not get another field goal in the period as Otterbein led 35-23 at the break and the drought continued for the first 5:56 of the second half before Matt Kiger hit a layup to make the score, 46-25 in favor of the Cardinals. Mount Union closed the gap to 15 points at the 63-48 final.

Brian Pollock had 13 first half points on his way to a game-high 29 points to lead three players in double figures for Otterbein (4-10, 2-5 OAC).

Jimmy Wood had 10 points to lead Mount Union.

Mount Union returns home to host Muskingum in an OAC matchup next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.
 

 

 

 

 



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