Baldwin Wallace University defeats Host Allegheny, 89-66, in First Round of
Tournament; Face No. 8-ranked Albion in Title Game
BEREA, OHIO --Junior forward Tori Davis (Elyria/ Open Door) scored 19 points becoming the 33rd men's basketbll player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points as the Baldwin Wallace University defeated host Allegheny College, 89-66, tonight (Nov. 26) in the first round of the National City Bank Tournament in Meadville, Pennsylvania, The Yellow Jackets, now 4-0 overall, face eighth-ranked Albion (Mich.) College in tomorrow's championship game at 3:00 p.m.
With its loss, Allegheny is now 2-1 overall and plays Juniata (Pa.) College, a 78-59 loser to Albion.
In the first half, BW pulled out to an early 4-0 lead before Alleghney answered with a 9-2 run taking a 9-6 lead at the 15:12 mark. It would be the only time the Yellow Jackets would trail in the game. BW outscored Allegheny 34-11 leading up to halftime with its biggest lead of 20 points with 1:48 left on a sophomore guard Tyler Sekerek (Corry, Pa./Corry) lay-up. BW led at the intermission, 44-25. Davis scored 16 points in the first half surpassing the1,000 point mark on a tip-in.
In the second half, BW had its biggest lead of 29 points at, 83-54, on a layup by senior Dan Gunder (Wellington) with 4:52 left in the game. The Gators would pull to within 15 points on two occasions with the last one coming at the 14:46 mark to make the score 54-39 on a layup by junior guard Casey McClosky.
Davisled the Yellow Jackets with his team-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Gundert scored 13 and pulled down a game tying-high nine boards, freshman guard Dennis Santiago (Brookpark/ Midpark) scored 11 and junior post player Chad Clark (Fremont/ Ross) and senior guard Keith Aufmuth (Cleveland/ Brooklyn) each added 10.
Allegheny was led by McClosky with a game-high 26 points. Freshman forward Ryan Hollihan was second on the team with 10 points and nine rebounds.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please visit the Baldwin Wallace Athletics website at www.bw.edu/athletics for up to date results and statistics. For further inquiries, please contact BW SID Kevin Ruple by phone at (440) 826-2327, by FAX at (440) 826-2329 or via e-mail at email@example.com. For more Yellow Jacket mens basketball information, please contact Head Coach Steve Bankson by phone at (440) 826-2039, by FAX at (440) 826-2192 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game Notes vs. Allegheny (Pa.)
The Baldwin Wallace University YELLOW JACKET men's basketball team travels to Meadville, Pennsyvania to play Allegheny College in the opening round of the National City Holiday Classic on Saturday, November 26 at 8:00 p.m. Eighth-ranked (d3hoops.com Internet Web site Division III national preseason poll) Albion (Mich.) College and Juniata (Pa.) College meet in the tourney opener at 6:00 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.
RADIO -- All home and away men's basketball games are broadcast on campus radio station WBW, 88.3 FM, and on the College internet web site at www.bw.edu/athletics. The game also could be carried on the WBW web site at www.wBW.com. The pregame show begins 15 minutes prior to tipoff.
Baldwin Wallace University
LOCATION: Berea, Ohio
NICKNAME: Yellow Jackets
CONFERENCE: Ohio Athletic
2005-2006 RECORD: 3-0
OAC RECORD: 0-0
2004-2005 RECORD: 20-9 overall
LAST GAME: Beat Oberlin College, 96-80, on Nov. 22 in Oberlin
HEAD COACH: Steve Bankson
BW RECORD: 368-299
YEAR AT BW: 26th
CAREER RECORD: 649-413, 40 years55
LAST MEETING: Mar. 5, 1998 in Berea/ NCAA
WHO WON: Allegheny won, 97-88
SERIES BEGAN: n/a
SERIES RECORD: Allegheny leads, 2-0
SERIES STREAK: Allegheny, two straight
NEXT GAME: Dec. 3: at Otterbein, 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Meadville, Pennsylvania
CONFERENCE: North Coast Athletic
2005-2006 RECORD: 2-0
NCAC RECORD: 0-0
2004-2005 RECORD: 8-17 overall
LAST GAME: Beat Washington & Jefferson,78-77, on Nov. 19 in championship
game at Carnegie-Mellon
HEAD COACH: Rob Clune
AC RECORD: 37-44
YEAR AT AC Fourth
CAREER RECORD: 106-155
GAME NOTES -- The Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team will look to extend its winning ways to four straight games when it travels to Meadville, Pa. for the National City Holidy Classic hosted by Allegheny College.
The Yellow Jackets opened the 2005-2006 campaign on Nov. 18-19 when they won the Westminster (Pa.) College Buzz Ridl Classoc Tournament. BW beat seventh-ranked (d3hoops.com) St. John Fisher College of New York, 88-79, in the first round and then beat host Westminster, 133-113, in the championship game. It marked the sixth season-opening tourney crown for BW in the past 10 years. BW then beat rival Oberlin College, 96-80, this past Tuesday (Nov. 22) in Oberlin.
The Gators of Allegheny College enter this game at 2-0 overall following a one-point victory versus Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College, 78-77, in the championship game of the Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.) University Tournament on Nov. 19. Allegheny beat rival Grove City (Pa.) College, 73-64, in the first round at the CMU tourney.
The BW Versus Allegheny Series -- The Yellow Jackets and Gators have previously met twice with Allegheny leading the all-time series, 2-0. The last time the two teams met on March 5, 1998 in the first round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Berea. The Gators won that game, 97-88 (see more below).
The Last Meeting: Allegheny -- 97, Baldwin Wallace -- 88 in Berea, Ohio on March 5, 1998 -- The last time that the Yellow Jackets and Gators met was in the opening round of the NCAA Div. III National Tournament on March 5, 1998 in Berea, Allegheny won, 97-88. Amara Toure led the Yellow Jackets with 25 points and four rebounds. Toure was 11-of-13 from the field as the Jackets shot 56 percent for the game. Steve Weisbrod added 15 points. For the Gators, Ben Schulz led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin McGarrah had 17 points on three-of-three from behind the arc, and Jake Delsandro had 15 points.
The Baldwin Wallace University Starters and Information -- The Yellow Jackets enter this game averaging an astounding 105.7 points per game and are giving up 90.7 ppg. for a scoring differential of plus 15.0. The Yellow Jackets are grabbing 48.7 rebounds per contest, 19.3 more per game than their opponents. BW shoots 56.7 percent from the field, 42 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the foul line.
Look for veteran Yellow Jackets Head Coach Steve Bankson to play as many as 11 players in this game. He will start 64 Tori Davis and 6'2" senior Dan Gundert (Wellington) at the post positions. In the backcourt, look for 60 sophomore guard Tyler Sekerak (Corry, Pa./Corry), 510 sophomore Brenden Schuler (Fairview Park/ Fairview) and 60 senior All-OAC guard Keith Aufmuth (Brooklyn) to start. Tori Davis tops the team in scoring with 24.3 points per game and rebounding with 10.0 rpg. He is canning 58.5 percent of his field goals (24-of-41) and tops the team with five blocked shots and is second with 10 assists. Gundert is second in scoring at 17.3 ppg., second in rebounding with 7.7 rpg. and has canned 16-of-19 shots from the floor for 84.2 percent. Aufmuth averages 13.7 ppg. and is tied for second with 10 assists. Brenden Schuler leads the team with 12 assists and is scoring 10.7 ppg. He also leads the team with eight three-pointers (eight-of-15). Sekerak is scoring 6.3 ppg. and is also tied for second with 10 assists.
Off the bench, look for Bankson to play 6'4" junior post Chad Clark (Fremont/ Ross), junior swingman Nick Meyer (Mentor), 511 freshman guard Dennis Santiago (Brook Park/ Midpark), 62 junior guard Luke Kyle (Fremont/Ross), 65 senior forward Charod Hale (Akron/Kenmore) and 6'2" junior guard Luke Lyle (Fremont/ Ross). Clark is fourth on the team in scoring at 12.0 ppg., grabs 6.7 rpg. and canned 15-of-24 field goals. Santiago is averaging 7.0 ppg and is five-of-10 from behind the three-point arc.
Allegheny Probable Starters and Information-- The Gators of Allegheny College score 75.5 points per game and give up 70.5 ppg. for a plus 5.0 scoring differential. AC shoots 47.5 percent from the floor, 25 percent from three-point range and 64.3 percent from the foul line.
Look for Head Coach Rob Clune to start 6'0" sophomore Bill Babe, 5'11" sophomore Larry Sharp and 6'1" junior Casey McCloskey in the backcourt. Matt Majzlik, a 6'5" senior, and Ryan Hollihan, a 6'6" freshman, open on the inside. Off the bench, look for Clune to go with 6'2" junior guard Jimmy Savage, 6'3" sophomore forward Brian Schulz, 6'6" sophomore forward Ben Torsney. After two games, Majzlik tops the team in scoring at 24.5 ppg. and is second in rebounding at 6.0 rpg. He has canned 20-of-30 field goal attempts for 66.7 percent and has blocked two shots. Tornsey comes off the bench to score 13.5 ppg. and grabs 5.0 rpg. McCloskey is third in scoring at 13.0 ppg.. Babe scores 1.0 ppg. and tops the team in assists with 11 and in steals with four. Hollihan scores 9.5 ppg. and tops the team in rebounding with 6.5 rpg. Sharp scores 5.5 ppg. Schultz has canned the most three-pointers with three (of five for 60%).
In BW's Last Game: BW -- 96, Oberlin College -- 80 on Tuesday, November 22 in Oberlin -- The Yellow Jackets traveled to Oberlin, Ohio where they knocked off traditional and nonleague rival Oberlin College, 96-80, on Tuesday, (Nov. 22). BW was led by junior preseason All-American forward Tori Davis with game highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds. He also had three assists, two blocked shot and two steals. Senior All-OAC guard Keith Aufmuth scored 21 points on eight-of-10 shooting, including five-of-seven from three-point range. Senior forward Dan Gundert also chipped in with 18 points and six rebounds.
In Allegheny's Last Game: Allegheny College (Pa.) --- 78, Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) --- 77: In their last game, the Gators beat in-state Pennsylvania rival Washinton & Jefferson College, 78-77, in the championship game of the Carnegie-Mellon University Tournament in Pittsburgh. Senior forward Matt Majzlik led all scores with 29 points. Majzlik was 11-for-17 shooting and added six rebounds. Junior Casey McCloskey joined Majzlik in double-figures with 13 points. Sophomore point guard Bill Babe had seven assists and four steals.
Yellow Jacket Chatter
The Single-Game Scoring Record -- The 133 points scored against Westminster is s school single-game record and is two more than the previous record of 131 set a year ago in a win against Marietta College. In addition, the 74 rebounds that BW had versus Westminster is believed to be a school-record. We are researching it!
Brendan Schuler is the MVP and Dan Gundert Makes All-Tourney -- Brendan Schuler was named the Buzz Ridle Classic Most Valuable Player and Dan Gundert was tabbed to the all-tournament team. Schuler earned his honor by scoring 26 points, including canning six-for-11 three-pointers, grabbing nine rebounds and passing for eight assists. Gundert scored 34 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, passed for six assists and canned 11-of-13 field goals for 84.6 percent.
Tori Davis Quickly Approaching 1,000 Career Points -- Tori Davis enters the Allegheny game with 996 career points and needs four more points to be the 33rd player in school history to join the 1,000-Point Club. Tori's older brother, All-American Thad Davis, who graduated last year, is second all-time with 1,921 career points.
Bankson Inducted into his High School Hall of Fame -- Yellow Jacket veteran Head Coach Steve Bankson was recently inducted into the Port Huron (Mich.) High School Hall of Fame. Bankson is the winningest men's basketball coach in BW school history with 368 wins in 26 years. He has 649 in his 41-year career.
Season-Opening Tourney Success -- BW has won six of the last 10 season-opening tournaments that it has competed in and has a 15-5 record and a .750 winning percentage during that time. Following its appearance this weekend at Allegheny, BW also will compete at The College of Wooster Mose Hole Classic on Dec. 29-30 and face third-ranked Wooster in the first round at 7:30 p.m.
The 2005-2006 Ohio Athletic Conference Polls -- The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish second in the Ohio Athletic Conference this year by a vote of the OAC Coaches. BW opens the OAC schedule on Saturday, December 3 at Otterbein College at 7:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, Please visit the Baldwin Wallace Athletics website at www.bw.edu/athletics for up to date results and statistics. For further inquiries, please contact BW SID Kevin Ruple by phone at (440) 826-2327, by FAX at (440) 826-2329 or via e-mail at email@example.com. BW Head Coach Steve Bankson can be reached by phone at (440) 826-2039, by FAX at (440) 826-2192 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.