A Page -- Nov. 18, 2011 -- PM Edition

Mount Union to play the two G's in Cancer tournament tonight and tomorrow


GENEVA, Pa.—Mount Union's men's basketball will do battle with Grove City (Pa.) and host Geneva (Pa.) at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament Friday and Saturday in Beaver Falls, Pa.

Live statistics and a video broadcast will be available for both games.


The first game of the tournament Friday at 6 pm features a matchup between the Purple Raiders and Grove City. The last meeting between the schools was a 74-48 Mount Union road win during the 2003-04 season.

Head coach Mike Fuline looks for his first victory on the sidelines for the Purple Raiders. Mount Union dropped its season opener to Hiram, 86-72, Tuesday night. The Raiders opened the game with an 8-0 lead, but they were unable to slow down a hot-shooting Hiram team.


  
Wood (L), Gillespie (R)


Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed six boards. Senior forward Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) nearly recorded a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds, which ties his career-high. Sophomore guard T.J. Gillespie added 12 points for the Purple Raiders.


Grove City took care of Penn State-Altoona Wednesday night by a score of 94-71. Senior center Kris Verderber and freshman guard J.T. Schwartz paced the Wolverines with 14 points each. Senior guard Brett Matson, a Presidents' Athletic Conference honorable mention selection last year, scored just six points. In the victory 14 players scored while 12 players saw at least ten minutes of action.


The Purple Raiders last met the Golden Tornadoes during the 2008 Tornado Tip-Off at Geneva. Mount Union came away with a 85-69 victory in that meeting.


Geneva is also 1-0 under 16th-year head coach Jeff Santarsiero. The Golden Tornadoes defeated Penn State-Greater Allegheny in their opener, 64-44. Senior guard/forward Dave Phillips led three Geneva players in double-figures with 15 points. Junior forward/center Matt Lorello recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds while senior forward/center Lambros Svingos added ten points.


DAYTON TO PLAY IN 2012 DIRECTV CHARLESTON CLASSIC
Five of The Seven Teams Announced Reached The Postseason in 2011
 
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Continuing a commitment to enhancing the non-conference schedule and increased national exposure, the University of Dayton Flyers were announced as a part of the 2012 DIRECTV Charleston Classic eight-team field.
 
Dayton will be a part of a competitive field that includes Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, St. John’s and Southern Illinois. An eighth team will be announced at a later date.
 
"Playing in tournaments like this fit perfectly in our basketball scheduling model," UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler said. "It gives us games against teams from high RPI conferences, on a neutral court, in areas of the country that we have alumni or at locations that our fans enjoy traveling to. The fact that these games are televised nationally are great for the basketball program and the University."
 
Five of the seven teams announced reached the 2011 postseason. St. John’s earned a second-round berth to the NCAA Championship, while Colorado, Boston College, Charleston and Dayton each played in the 2011 NIT.
 
“Dayton provides good competitive balance to any early-season field”, ESPN Senior Director of Events Clint Overby said.  “Their strong fan base along with their ability to travel make them an attractive team for any of our tournaments.  We have been pleased with our relationship with Dayton and look forward to hosting them in future events.”
 
The 2012 DIRECTV Charleston Classic Presented by Foster Grant, is set to be held Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 15, 16 & 18, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
 
The tournament will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 20.
 
St. Mary alum Kathleen Phillips

Berg Women's Basketball to Play Two Games 

in Beantown


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team will
undertake an 800-mile journey to Boston, Mass. to play in the Emmanuel
College
 (Mass.) Saints Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20.  The
Berg faces tournament host Emmanuel on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and either
William Paterson (N.J.) University or Moravian (Pa.) College on Sunday.

Heidelberg (0-1) opened its season on Wednesday with a 63-55 loss to Ohio
Wesleyan University
.  In that game, transfer sophomore guard Megan Miller
(Tiffin/Columbian) scored 12 points and had five rebounds and sophomore
guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) poured in 13 points on
five-of-19 shooting and matched Miller with a team-high five rebounds.

The Tri-Color shot 31.4 percent (22-of-70) from the field and 70.0 percent
(seven-of-10) from the free throw line and tallied 10 assists by nine
different players on its 22 field goals.  Junior forward Casey Bishop
(Orrville) pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and sophomore forward
Jessica Simpkins (Sunbury/Big Walnut) grabbed four caroms.

Following competition at the EC Saints Invitational, the Berg will play
Earlham (Ind.) College in Richmond, Ind. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.  Upon its
return to Tiffin, the team will have trekked nearly 1,800 miles in five
days.

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