Kevin Krakowiak Scores 22 Points as Mount Union Beats BW, 62-57
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ALLIANCE, OHIO – Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) with a a team-high 22 points as the Baldwin Wallace University men’s basketball team fell to the University of Mount Union, 62-57, tonight (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) in a key Ohio Athletic Conference game in the McPherson Academic & Athletic Complex.
With its loss, BW drops to 15-9 overall and 10-7 in the OAC and ended a four-game winning streak. With its win, Mt. Union improves to 10-14 overall and 6-11 in the OAC and swept the season series from BW.
In addition to Krakowiak, sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior) had 11 and freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds.
Mount Union was led by freshman guard Nate Jacubec, who scored a game-high 24 points.
The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at 19:04 mark when Krakowiak made a three-pointer for a 3-0 lead. Following a three-pointer by Purple Raider junior guard Justen Little at 17:45 to tie it at 3-3, BW had two 5-0 runs that sandwiched a Mt. Union basket to build a 13-5 lead at 13:18 when Krakowiak canned his second triple. A pair of Krakowiak foul shots at 12:06 moved him into double digits and gave BW a 10-point lead at 15-5.
Mt. Union sophomore guard T.J. Gillespie ended BW’s run with a layup at 12:02 to make it 15-7. The Purple Raiders continued their run with four more points to make it 15-11 when junior forward Matt Kiger grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at 10:07. BW ended its four and one-half-minute scoring drought when junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) canned a trey at 7:37 to make it 18-11.
After Kiger made two foul shots at 6:01 to cut the lead to 18-13, Krakowiak canned his third triple of the stanza at 5:55 for a 21-13 advantage. After a Krakowiak jumper made it 26-18 with 3:28 left, Mt. Union got two straight hoops to cut the lead to 26-22 at 2:30 when Gillespie made a jumper. Fairhurst improved the lead to seven at 29-22 when he made a three-pointer at 1:22. Mt. Union sophomore forward Jimmy Darnley made a foul shot with 53 seconds left to make it 29-23 and that’s the way the first half ended.
In the second half, Mt. Union drew to 29-25 when senior forward Jimmy Wood made a jumper at 19:21. Following a free throw by BW sophomore center Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) at 19:04, Wood scored again at 18:38 to close to 30-27. BW regained a six-point lead at 33-27 with 18:10 left when sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored, was fouled and made his foul shot for a three-point play.
After Mt. Union closed to 33-29, Krakowiak scored at 16:45 to push the lead back to six at 35-29. The Raiders then outscored BW 10-2 to take their first lead of the game at 39-37 with 12:24 left when Jacubec canned a three-pointer and the lead grew to 41-37 when junior guard Keith Williams made a steal and then went the length of the court for a layup at 11:30.
BW freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) ended the run with a trey at 10:35 to make the score 41-40 and the Yellow Jackets regained the lead at 43-41 when Krakowiak nailed another triple at 8:18 and increased it to 45-41 when he made a jumper at 7:53. Following a Kiger foul shot, BW sophomore backup center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus deSales) made tw of his own at 6:37 for a 47-42 lead.
Mt. Union drew to 47-44 when Jacubec made two foul shots at 6:15, but Fairhurst canned a trey at 5:51 to make it 50-44. Mt. Union senior forward Matt Weir countered for the Raiders when he grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at 5:46, but Fairhurst counteted with two foul shots at 5:08 to rebuild a six-point lead at 52-46.
The Purple Raiders received a Jacubec jumper at 4:59 to close to 52-48 and Weir made two foul shots at 3:06 to make it 52-50. Following a missed BW foul shot, Ferrell grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at 2:33 to make it 54-50, but Wood countered with a triple at 2:23 to make it a one-point game at 54-53. Weir gave Mt. Union the lead at 55-54 with two foul shots at 1:58 and Jacubec gave the Raiders a four-point lead at 58-54 with a triple at 1:00 and added two more foul shots with 29 seconds left for a 60-54 lead.
A Fairhurst three-point play with 13.5 seconds left drew BW to within 60-57, but Gillespie made two foul shots for Mt. Union with four seconds left to close out the scoring at 62-57.
The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, February 18 when they host OAC-rival Ohio Northern University in the second game of a women’s and men’s doubleheader in Berea at 4:00 p.m. The women’s game tips off at 2:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live on the internet at http://real.bw.edu/ramgen/broadcast/WBW_LIVE.rm. The pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to tipoff.
Media and fans are reminded that that tis Saturday’s women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader versus ONU is a televised twinbill on SportsTime Ohio. The women’s game will be shown three times on STO. The dates and times are on Feb. 18 at 11:00 p.m. and on Feb. 19 at 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The men’s game will be televised twice, on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 a.m. BW has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.
In addition on Feb. 18, the BW men’s team will host the Fourth Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. Children up to the eighth grade will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Prior to its 4:00 tipoff versus ONU, children can have their faces painted by the BW Cheerleaders or can play games with the cheerleaders and “Stinger”, the Yellow Jacket mascot. Following the game, BW student-athletes and coaches will be available to sign autographs.
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