Men's Basketball

 
February 19, 2013

Men's Basketball Defeats Otterbein; Advances To Semifinals Of OAC Tournament

ALLIANCE, Ohio - - Sophomore Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) scored a game-high 21 points as No. 4 seed Mount Union defeated No. 8 seed Otterbein 66-60 in a second round game of the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Tuesday evening in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. 

The win by the Purple Raiders (12-14) was their first post-season win since 2005 and advances them to the semifinals Thursday at 7:30 pm at top-seeded Capital.

Senior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown) had 13 points and both junior T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) and freshman Cody Dillon (Newton Falls/Newton Falls) each added 12 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Raiders. 

Jake Bischoff and Max Van Meter each had 12 points to lead Otterbein (8-19). 

The Raiders got off to a quick start as they would take a 14-6 lead five minutes into the game. 

Freshman Taylor Moore (North Canton/Hoover) gave the Raiders their biggest lead of the game at 12 points, as he hit a jumper to make the score 21-9 with 11:43 remaining in the first half. 

The Cardinals would cut the Raiders lead to one point, 25-24 when Bischoff hit a jumper with 5:54 to go in the first half which capped a 15-4 run by Otterbein. 

Mount Union would lead for the remainder of the half and take a 33-30 advantage into the locker room. 

Otterbein would take its first lead of the game with 13:34 left when Jon Jurgens scored a layup to make the score 43-42. 

The Raiders answered right back with a basket of their own to regain the lead for good when Gillespie hit a layup to make the score 44-43. 

Mount Union would push its lead to as much as 10 points when Griffin scored a layup with 7:52 remaining to make the score 57-47. 

Bischoff hit a three-pointer with 4:50 to go to cut the Raiders lead to three at 59-56, but this was the closest the Cardinals would get as Mount Union would go on for the 66-60 victory. 

Newspaper Box Score
Otterbein vs Mount Union
02/19/13 8:00 pm at Alliance, Ohio -- MAAC
At Alliance, Ohio -- MAAC
MOUNT UNION 66, OTTERBEIN 60
OTTERBEIN (8-19)
Max Van Meter 4-9 3-4 12; Robby Watts 4-10 1-2 12; Zach Bakenhaster 4-9 1-3
9; C.J. Julian 3-7 0-0 9; Michael Tighe 3-5 0-0 6; Tommy Waterwash 2-5 0-1
5; Matt McCollister 1-5 0-0 3; Andy Yazrombek 1-6 0-0 2; Jon Juergens 1-5
0-0 2; Colin Echelberry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-61 5-10 60.
MOUNT UNION (12-14)
Steve Griffin 9-16 0-1 21; Matt Kiger 5-6 3-4 13; T.J. Gillespie 4-8 2-2 12;
Cody Dillon 4-12 1-1 12; Justen Little 2-3 0-0 4; Taylor Moore 2-6 0-1 4;
Jarrett Ruffin 0-6 0-2 0; Kyle Scelza 0-4 0-0 0; Evan Keeslar 0-2 0-0 0;
Jimmy Darnley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 6-11 66.
Otterbein.....................   31   29  -   60
Mount Union...................   33   33  -   66
3-point goals--Otterbein 9-24 (Robby Watts 3-5; C.J. Julian 3-5; Max Van
Meter 1-3; Tommy Waterwash 1-4; Matt McCollister 1-4; Jon Juergens 0-1; Andy
Yazrombek 0-2), Mount Union 8-23 (Cody Dillon 3-6; Steve Griffin 3-8; T.J.
Gillespie 2-2; Taylor Moore 0-1; Jarrett Ruffin 0-2; Kyle Scelza 0-3; Evan
Keeslar 0-1). Fouled out--Otterbein-None, Mount Union-None.
Rebounds--Otterbein 40 (Andy Yazrombek 10), Mount Union 40 (Steve Griffin 6;
Cody Dillon 6; Jarrett Ruffin 6). Assists--Otterbein 14 (Andy Yazrombek 6),
Mount Union 13 (Justen Little 3; Cody Dillon 3). Total fouls--Otterbein 12,
Mount Union 13. Technical fouls--Otterbein-None, Mount Union-None. A-423
OAC Tournament Second Round



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