RAY SWANSON | KEYSTONER Westminster, GC working overtime
It wasn't just another one of those run-of-the-mill college basketball games.
This one established its own identity as it lasted for more than three hours and took four overtimes before a winner was crowned.
It was the recent Grove City versus Westminster confrontation that took place Jan. 26 at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium on the campus of Westminster College.
Bleacher cushions will be at a premium before the tip-off of the next Wolverine-Titan conflict on the hardwood.
It was the longest game in history of either team with the Wolverines surging in the fourth extra session to nail down a bitterly fought 111-101 decision.
Basketball was inaugurated at Westminster in 1897 while the Wolverines launched one year later. As for the length of the contest, it began at 6 p.m. and finally ended after 9 p.m.
The teams combined for 13 lead changes and 16 ties. The Wolverines battled back to tie it at 61 at the end of regulation play. The game was knotted at 73 after the first overtime, at 80 after the second, at 92 after the third.
The Wolverines, in the fourth period, outscored the Titans, 19-9, to grab the win going away.
Drained Titan head coach Jim Dafler praised the efforts of his team, which placed four players in double figures.
"We missed some chances to put the game away and didn't get some breaks, but not for lack of effort," Dafler said. "By the final overtime period, their big guys inside just wore us down. We didn't have an answer for them with two front court players fouled out."
Mike Hill, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Garrettsville, Ohio (Windham High School) led the Titans attack with 28 points.
Jeff Simmons, a 6-3 junior guard from Somerset, added 16 while Andy Podbielski hit for 13 and Greg Scott collected 10.
Seven Wolverines, led by Tanner Prosser's 23 points, scored in double numerals.
Pat Roberts and Phil Bushre added 17 each, Andy Vlajkovich bit for 15, Ian Dan netted 12, Nate Maurer 11 and J.D. Collar 10.
The Titans' Greg Foster, a junior center, grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and tied his career high with six blocked shots before fouling out. He played his high school basketball at Youngstown Ursuline.
The teams combined for 154 field goal attempts (including 53 three-point attempts and 87 free throws). Six players fouled out of the game, three for both team. Sixty-two fouls (34 vs. Westminster, 28 vs. Grove City) were called.
Despite playing over 300 minutes of basketball, no Grove City player committed more than two turnovers.
Tyson KO'd: Still smarting from the Nevada Boxing Commission's decision not to let him fight Lennox Lewis on April 6 in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson was scrambling, looking for another state to approve the heavyweight title bout. Texas KO'd the bout last week before Georgia gave its approval.
The two squared off at a recent press conference in New York at which time Lewis said Tyson bit him on the leg. Lewis is in the driver's seat and it appears he will have the final say whether the bout is staged or not.
The bout should be one of the most lucrative in history with Tyson expected to haul in around $20 million. Lewis undoubtedly will walk away with the big money so he may be eager to step into the ring at any time, or any place for that matter.