|Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:09 PM|
Lima Area Wrestling Coaches Assoc. Rankings
The visitors fell to 9-11 on the season, 5-8 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Beavers slipped to seventh in the conference, moving to the outside of the HCAC Tournament picture with just five games remaining.
MSJ not only went ahead of Bluffton but the Lions (7-13, 6-7 HCAC) now hold an important head-to-head tie-breaker over the Beavers by virtue of their season sweep.
Bluffton’s Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) began the game with a deuce to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead. The Lions then put up 16 of the next 17 points to take a 16-3 lead at the 13:59 mark of the first half. The Beavers answered with an 8-2 spurt of their own. Thayne Recker (Arlington) began the run with a layup, followed by deuces from Nate Chambers (Miamisburg) and Recker and a couple Kinn free throws, cutting the home team’s lead to 18-11 at the 11:09 mark.
The Beavers were able to cut the lead down to two points late in the first half on a couple Recker chip shots and a tip-in from Ryan Ebbeskotte (Fort Jennings/Delphos Jefferson). A 3-ball by David Mann put Mount St. Joseph up 32-27 at the half.
Mount St. Joseph was able to stretch the lead to eight points to start the second half. After a layup by Kinn, the Lions went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 37-29 at the 17:51 mark of the second half. Both teams continued to battle back and forth throughout the second period with the Lions maintaining a 6- to 10-point spread through the first 12 minutes of the second half.
Mount St. Joseph led 52-42 at the 10:24 mark, when the Beavers decided to make a run. Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) scored seven straight points for the visitors which cut the MSJ lead to seven. Billy Taflinger (Lima/Central Catholic) followed with a fast-break layup, making it 58-53 at the 7:00 mark of the second half. After a pair of freebies by Travis Combs for the Lions, Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) added a deuce and Fisher made a free throw to cut the Lion lead to four with 5:32 left in the game.
After three straight points for the Mount, Kinn drained a jumper in the paint and Pope was able to tip in an offensive rebound which cut the deficit to one point with 54 seconds remaining. However, David Mann locked the game up with a clutch triple and 66-62 lead. His make led to plenty of fouling and free throws as MSJ sealed the sweep with a 70-64 victory.
The Beavers were led by senior Josh Fisher, who scored 18 points on 6-of-13 from the field and 6-for-9 at the charity stripe. Kinn chipped in 14 points, hitting 5-for-6 from the floor. Pope added 12 points and seven boards in a losing effort.
Both teams shot 49 percent from the floor. Bluffton was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc, while Mount St. Joseph hit 4-for-16 (25 percent). However, the Beavers shot only 55.2 percent (16-for-29) from the charity stripe, while the Lions converted 84.2 percent (16-of-19). The Beavers finished with a 32-24 edge on the glass.
Bluffton will be back in action on Saturday when the Beavers travel to Anderson, Ind. The men are slated to play at 4 p.m. following the women’s game at 2 p.m. The Beavers will be back home Feb. 9 as they welcome Hanover at 3 p.m. in the Sommer Center.
The Beavers improved to 10-10 on the season and 5-8 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as they snapped a 3-game losing skid.
The loss dropped MSJ to 3-17 overall and 2-11 in the HCAC.
Sophomore Rachel DeBord (Lebanon) opened the scoring as she converted a layup off an assist from Taylor Knight (Perrysburg) just over 30 seconds into the game. The Mount got its first basket to tie the game at two at the 16:42 mark. The Beavers led 10-6 before going on a 12-3 run that put Bluffton up by a 22-9 count midway through the first period.
Kylee Burkholder (West Unity/Hilltop) ignited the spurt with a putback of her own miss. During the run, sophomore Brenna Kurilec (Mt. Gilead/Gilead Christian) chipped in with six points. Bluffton took a 33-25 lead into the break following a Lion triple with six ticks remaining. The
Bluffton bench contributed 16 points in the first half.
The Lions came roaring out of the locker room, closing the gap to 33-30 with 18:57 remaining. A jumper by Brooke Ruffer (Stryker) and two free throws from Knight slowed the Mount and pushed the lead back to 37-30 with 16:49 left.
MSJ proved they would not go away without a fight as the scoreboard was 46-41, Bluffton, with 8:47 to play. Knight knocked down two more charity tosses and Kurilec got to the rack again, putting Bluffton up 50-41 less than a minute later. Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch from Ruffer and Knight sealed the 67-52 victory, helping Bluffton earn a season split with the Lions.
The Beaver offense was led by Kurilec, who dropped in 19 points and pulled down a career-high 11 boards for her first collegiate double-double. Ruffer added her sixth double-double as she put in 11 points and collected 10 rebounds. Burkholder grabbed a career-best 12 boards and chipped in with six points. Knight and Taylor Whitaker (Mansfield/Lexington) added eight points each.
The Beaver defense held MSJ to 32.8 percent shooting on the game and forced them into 16 turnovers. Mount struggled from the charity stripe as the visitors went 9-of-20 (45 percent) for the game. The Beavers were 22-for-33 (66.7 percent) from the line. Bluffton finished with a marked 48-38 edge on the glass.
Bluffton returns to action on Saturday when the women travel to Anderson University. The game is set to tip at 2 p.m.
Wolfrum’s third 40-point showing of his career marked a new season-high and was bolstered by 25 points on nine-of-12 shooting during the final stanza. The Defiance native ended with 40 points, six rebounds and six assists to climb to 1,687 career points and within 17 points of becoming the all-time leading scorer in DC’s NCAA Division III tenure.
The Jackets would need every single point from Wolfrum as the senior guard took over the game in the final 9:30 to help DC overcome a 10-point deficit in the closing minutes. Wolfrum buried five 3-point shots during that span and scored 19 of the final 21 points for Defiance, including each of the last 13 to help pull out the victory.
Wolfrum opened the closing flurry with a pair of long-distance daggers to cut Manchester’s 67-57 lead at the 9:30 mark down to 67-63 but the Spartans rallied back to extend the lead to 10 once again with 6:22 left in the game.
A bucket from Hosie Smith stopped the quick MU spurt and it would be all Wolfrum from that point on; another triple from the Ayersville High product brought Defiance within five and a 3-point play trimmed the gap to 75-71 at the 3:07 mark.
Wolfrum kept coming with back-to-back trifectas on DC’s next two possessions, with his fifth and final 3-point make of the half giving Defiance a 77-75 lead with 1:45 to play and putting the Jackets on top for the first time since midway through the first half.
The Jackets would need one final possession from Wolfrum, however, as a Greg Flores layup knotted the score at 77-77 with 17 ticks left on the clock. Wolfrum then struck one last time, drawing a foul with no time left on the clock and hitting the game-winning free throw to send Defiance home with the 78-77 win.
While Wolfrum ended with 15 makes in 21 attempts from the floor, the rest of the DC squad also had the touch on Wednesday. The Jackets knocked down a season-high 15 th3ree-point shots in 29 tries and shot 53.7 percent from the field for the game.