February 23, 2013

Men’s Basketball Falls In Overtime To Marietta In The OAC Tournament Finals: Dillon And Kiger All-Tournament

MARIETTA, Ohio - - Senior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown) scored 17 points as he was named to the All-Tournament team but No. 4 seed Mount Union fell 80-76 in overtime to the No. 2 seed Marietta in the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball championship game Saturday evening in the Ban Johnson Arena.  

With the win, Marietta (20-7) takes the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Divison III Men's Basketball Tournament, while Mount Union, which made the title game for the first time since 1997, ends its season with a 13-15 record. 

Freshman Cody Dillon (Newton Falls/Newton Falls) had 16 points and was also named to the all-tournament team.  

Junior T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/Toledo St. John's) had 16 points and freshman Jarrett Ruffin (Northfield/Nordonia) added 13 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Purple Raiders. 

Tyler Hammond scored a game-high 23 points and led the Pioneers on a rally from 20 points down to be named OAC Tournament MVP.

Mount Union started the game on a 14-5 run and when Kiger hit a jumper at the 6:47 mark of the opening half the Raiders had their largest lead of the period, 32-13.

Marietta rallied but Dillon hit his third three-pointer of the first half with 51 seconds remaining in the opening period and the Raiders would take a 40-25 lead into the halftime break.  

In the second half, Ruffin gave the Raiders their largest lead of the game 20 points when he hit a jumper to make the score 54-34 with 11:53 remaining in the game. 

Marietta then scored 18-straight points to get the score to 54-52 and a 20-1 run was capped by a Jason Humphrey scored a layup with 5:17 remaining in the second half to cut the Raiders lead to one at 55-54. 

Marietta would take its first lead of the game, 62-61, on a four-point play when Hammond hit a three-pointer and ensuing free throw with with 3:31 remaining in the second half. 

Sophomore Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) tied the game at 66 when he scored a layup with 15 seconds remaining in the game. 

The Pioneers would have a chance to win the game but their shot at the buzzer was no good sending the game into overtime. 

Martin would score the first points in overtime for the Pioneers and Marietta would go on for the 80-76 victory. 

Newspaper Box Score
Mount Union vs Marietta
02/23/13 7:30 pm at Marietta, Ohio - Ban Johnson Arena
At Marietta, Ohio - Ban Johnson Arena
MARIETTA 80, MOUNT UNION 76
MOUNT UNION (13-15)
Matt Kiger 7-10 3-5 17; Cody Dillon 6-11 0-0 16; T.J. Gillespie 4-9 5-5 16;
Jarrett Ruffin 5-7 2-3 13; Steve Griffin 3-10 1-1 7; Kyle Scelza 1-2 0-0 3;
Evan Keeslar 1-1 0-0 2; Taylor Moore 1-2 0-0 2; Jimmy Darnley 0-1 0-0 0;
Nate Jacubec 0-7 0-0 0; Justen Little 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 11-14 76.
MARIETTA (20-7)
Tyler Hammond 8-15 5-7 23; Jacob Owens 6-9 3-5 21; J.J. Martin 4-11 6-6 15;
Jason Humphrey 3-7 3-9 9; A.J. Ireland 1-2 1-2 4; Tyler Worstell 1-5 1-4 3;
Brennan McKean 1-3 0-3 3; Garrett Stephenson 0-1 2-2 2; Matt Napier 0-0 0-0
0; Scott Kimmey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 21-38 80.
Mount Union...................   40   26   10  -   76
Marietta......................   25   41   14  -   80
3-point goals--Mount Union 9-25 (Cody Dillon 4-7; T.J. Gillespie 3-5;
Jarrett Ruffin 1-1; Kyle Scelza 1-2; Jimmy Darnley 0-1; Nate Jacubec 0-4;
Justen Little 0-2; Steve Griffin 0-3), Marietta 11-23 (Jacob Owens 6-9;
Tyler Hammond 2-3; A.J. Ireland 1-2; J.J. Martin 1-4; Brennan McKean 1-3;
Tyler Worstell 0-2). Fouled out--Mount Union-Jarrett Ruffin, Marietta-None.
Rebounds--Mount Union 39 (Matt Kiger 8), Marietta 36 (J.J. Martin 15).
Assists--Mount Union 9 (T.J. Gillespie 3), Marietta 10 (Tyler Worstell 3).
Total fouls--Mount Union 28, Marietta 18. Technical fouls--Mount Union-TEAM,
Marietta-None. A-1398
2013 OAC Men's Basketball Championship Game



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