BEREA - Six Pioneers scored in double figures as Marietta College defeated Baldwin Wallace University 91-80 Saturday in Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball action. With the win, Marietta improved to 18-5 on the season and 13-3 in the OAC.
The Pioneer win, coupled with Ohio Northern's win over league-leading Mount Union, sets up a battle for first place in the OAC on Wednesday. The Purple Raiders visit Ban Johnson Arena for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. Mount holds a game lead over the Pioneers with a 14-2 OAC mark.
Baldwin Wallace, the preseason favorite to win the OAC, gave the Pioneers all they could handle battling back from double-digit deficits several times. A layup from A.J. Edwards with 3:17 left in the first half gave Marietta an 11-point lead, 37-26.
Photo courtesy of Kendall Rebusmen
Marietta College’s Jessica Brogan, right, drives to the basket against a Baldwin-Wallace defender during Ohio Athletic Conference women’s basketball action at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday. The Lady Pioneers lost 82-59.
The Yellow Jackets answered with a 14-2 run to reclaim the lead, 40-39, with 58 seconds left in the half. An old-fashioned three-point play from Marietta's RaNeal Ewing and a layup by BW's Skyler Simpson left the score tied, 42-42, at halftime.
BW scored first in the second half and held a slim lead through the first four minutes. A jumper from Kevin Krakowiak with 15:52 remaining gave the Yellow Jackets a 49-46 advantage.
Marietta hit three straight three-pointers in just over a minute to retake the lead, 55-49. Brennan McKean nailed back-to-back treys and Luis Garcia hit the third. The Pioneers gradually pulled away building its biggest lead of the game, 87-75, on a McKean layup with 44 seconds left on the clock.
Ewing's 19 points led all scorers. McKean and Garcia each sank three treys in the game and finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Garcia also grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
A.J. Davis scored 13 points, while Garrett Stephenson had 11 points and five rebounds. Eddy Grenert chipped in with 10 points and five boards.
Kyle Payne led BW with 16 points. Krakowiak scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Grant Fairhurst hit four three-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Simpson added 11.
BW won the battle of the boards, 40-34, while each team committed eight turnovers.
The Pioneers finished 34-of-60 (56.7%) from the floor, 9-of-20 (45.0%) from three-point range and 14-of-20 (70.0%) at the line. Baldwin Wallace shot 40.3% (27-of-67) from the floor, 40.0% (12-of-30) behind the arc and 66.7% (14-of-21) at the line.
Baldwin-Wallace 82, Marietta 59
The Marietta College women's basketball team closed the home portion of its schedule with an 82-59 loss to Baldwin Wallace University Saturday. Playing in their 100th consecutive game for the Pioneers, seniors' Tori Dixon and Paige Lamb were honored before the game.
Baldwin Wallace (18-5 overall, 13-3 OAC) hit four three-pointers in the first sox minutes of the game to build an early 10-point lead, 16-6. The Yellow Jackets maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Marietta (10-13, 4-12 OAC) trailed by 22 points, 47-25, at halftime. The Yellow Jackets lead by as many as 29 points, 75-46, with 7:24 left in the second half.
Dixon and Jessica Brogan each scored 10 points to lead the Pioneers. Candice Alexander added nine points and a team-high six rebounds.
Alissa Munro hit 4-of-7 three-pointers and finished with 17 points for BW. Shari Mangas sank three from behind the arc and had 13 points, while Audrey Smolik chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds. Lexi Rohrbach grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to go along with 11 points.