Men's Basketball

 
February 16, 2013

Men's Basketball Falls To Wilmington In Regular Season Finale

ALLIANCE, Ohio - - Sophomore Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) scored a team-high 17 points but Mount Union's men's basketball team fell to Wilmington 69-68 in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball matchup Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. 

With the win, Wilmington improves to 13-12 overall and 10-8 in the OAC, while Mount Union falls to 11-14 and 9-9 in the conference. 

Junior T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) scored 13 points and freshman Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) added 12 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Purple Raiders. 

Malcolm Heard II scored 17 points to lead Wilmington which used a 20-2 run midway through the second half to eraseda 13-point Mount Union lead.

The Raiders tied the game at 56-56 on a free throw by senior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown) with 9:40 to play.  Mount Union would stay within a basket for the rest of the way and a Gillespie layup with 46 seconds left brought the deficit to one, 69-68.  

Mount Union would force a missed shot and get the rebound with 13 seconds to play after a time-out the Raiders missed a shot at the buzzer for the win.

Mount Union led by as many as 14 points in the first half before taking a 42-30 lead at the break. 

Freshman Cody Dillon (Newton Falls/Newton Falls) gave the Raiders their largest lead of the game 15 points when he scored a fast break layup with 15:45 to go in the game to make the score 51-36 before the Quakers' run.

Tre Stennett scored a layup with 10:45 left in the second half which capped a 20-2 run by the Quakers to take a three-point lead at 56-53. 

Senior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown) would tie the game at 56 for the Raiders as hit a free-throw to finish the and one play with 9:40 left in the game. 

Mount Union will be the No. 4 seed in next week's OAC Tournament and host a second round game Tuesday at 8 pm against the winner of a first round game Monday between No. 5 seed John Carroll and No. 4 seed Otterbein at The MAAC.

The game will be the second half of a doubleheader as the Mount Union women host an OAC Tournament game at 6 pm.  Tickets for the games will be sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for students and OAC students are FREE.  No passes will be accepted for the games.

Newspaper Box Score

Wilmington vs Mount Union
02/16/13 3:00 pm at ALLIANCE, Ohio - - MAAC
At ALLIANCE, Ohio - - MAAC
WILMINGTON 69, MOUNT UNION 68
WILMINGTON (13-12, 10-8 OAC)
Malcolm Heard II 5-7 4-5 17; Brandon Candella 5-10 1-2 14; Tre Stennett 3-5
2-2 9; Taylor Wellman 4-5 0-0 8; Klarke Ransome 3-8 0-0 8; Dwight Johnson
2-3 2-3 7; Jordan Berlin 1-5 1-2 4; Miles Bankston 0-1 2-2 2; Ben McGriff
0-1 0-0 0; Ethan Fite 0-0 0-0 0; Tim Pfeiffer 0-1 0-0 0; Ben Vonderhaar 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 23-47 12-16 69.
MOUNT UNION (11-14, 9-9 OAC)
Steve Griffin 5-8 5-7 17; T.J. Gillespie 6-8 0-0 13; Jarrett Ruffin 4-7 3-4
12; Cody Dillon 4-9 0-0 9; Matt Kiger 2-2 2-5 6; Jimmy Darnley 2-2 0-0 4;
Justen Little 1-1 0-0 3; Kyle Scelza 0-2 2-2 2; Taylor Moore 1-3 0-0 2; Evan
Keeslar 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-43 12-18 68.
Wilmington....................   30   39  -   69
Mount Union...................   42   26  -   68
3-point goals--Wilmington 11-25 (Brandon Candella 3-6; Malcolm Heard II 3-5;
Klarke Ransome 2-4; Tre Stennett 1-3; Dwight Johnson 1-2; Jordan Berlin 1-4;
Taylor Wellman 0-1), Mount Union 6-15 (Steve Griffin 2-4; Jarrett Ruffin
1-1; Cody Dillon 1-4; T.J. Gillespie 1-2; Justen Little 1-1; Taylor Moore
0-1; Kyle Scelza 0-2). Fouled out--Wilmington-None, Mount Union-None.
Rebounds--Wilmington 23 (Dwight Johnson 4; Malcolm Heard II 4), Mount Union
23 (Jarrett Ruffin 6). Assists--Wilmington 15 (Taylor Wellman 5), Mount
Union 13 (Steve Griffin 3). Total fouls--Wilmington 16, Mount Union 15.
Technical fouls--Wilmington-Ben Vonderhaar, Mount Union-None. A-479

2013 OAC Men's Basketball Tournament

Monday, Feb. 18 - First Round

No. 8 Otterbein at No. 5 John Carroll, 8 pm

No. 7 Heidelberg at No. 6 Ohio Northern, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Second Round

Ottebein/John Carroll winner at #4 Mount Union, 8 pm

Heidelberg/Ohio Northern winner at #3 Wilmington, 8 pm

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Semifinals

Otterbein/John Carroll/Mount Union winner at #1 Capital, 7:30 pm

Heidelberg/Ohio Northern/Wilmington winner at #2 Marietta, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 23 - Finals

Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed, 7:30 pm

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