WEDNESDAY’S Area College basketball roundup
Wooster 68, Hiram 62
After trailing by 15 points at halftime, Hiram rallied to within six points late in the second half, but could not overcome the Fighting Scots in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. The Terriers (7-7, 1-4) were led by junior guard Aaron Stefanov with a game-tying high 19 points on nine-of-18 shooting. Senior guard Alan Sheppard rounded out the Hiram high scorers with 10 points. For Wooster (11-2, 5-0), Doug Thorpe scored 19 points while Xavier Brown contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Washington & Jefferson 63, Grove City 50
GROVE CITY, PA.
Sophomore guard Mitch Marmelstein, this week’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Week, led Grove City (4-9, 2-4) with a game-high 20 points. Sophomore forward Brian Giesler added 11. Nate Bellhy led W&J (6-9, 4-2) with 14 points. Doug Johnson and Zach Bellhy both had 13 points. The Presidents shot 21 of 54 (39 percent) for the game. Grove City held W&J to an 8-for-26 (31 percent) shooting effort in the second half. W&J outrebounded Grove City 44-32. Sophomore guard J.T. Schwartz grabbed seven rebounds for Grove City. Grove City had 16 turnovers and W&J had 20 turnovers.
Marietta 97, Mount Union 90
Freshman Jarrett Ruffin scored a career-high 20 points in the Ohio Athletic Conference matchup. With the win, Marietta improves to 10-4 overall and 6-1 while Mount Union fell to 5-9 overall and 3-4. Sophomore Stevie Griffin and freshman Cody Dillon (Newton Falls) each scored 17 points, sophomore Nate Jacubec (Struthers) had 16 and freshman Taylor Moore added 11 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Raiders. J.J. Moore had a game-high 33 points to lead the Pioneers.
Hiram 64, Wooster 53
The Terriers (6-9, 1-5 NCAC) hung on to end a four-game losing streak. Junior guard Alexis Kemper led the way with a game-high 17 points on six-of-eight shooting. Sophomore forward Samantha Morford was second in scoring with 11 points, followed by senior guard Calysia Smyers with 10 points. In addition, junior guard Danielle Day grabbed a game-tying high nine boards to go along with a game-high six assists. Wooster was led in scoring by Maura Hall with 16 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Rounding out the high scorers for the Scots was Jessica Wingen with 15 points to go along with a game-tying high nine rebounds.
Washington & Jefferson 54, Grove City 50
GROVE CITY, PA.
Washington & Jefferson led 25-16 at halftime and took command of the game by opening the second half with a 12-2 blitz. Senior guard Leah Gibson led the Wolverines with 16 points. Freshman forward Mary McDonald added seven points and pulled in a career-high 15 rebounds. For the game, Grove City shot 25 percent (14 of 57) from the field. Defensively, Grove City limited W&J (10-4, 5-2 PAC) to a 21-of-65 (32 percent) shooting effort. Chelsea Apke led W&J with 18 points. The Presidents held a 48-45 rebound edge. Grove City had 12 turnovers and W&J turned over the ball eight times. Sophomore guard Kelsey Shirey recorded a team-high three assists for the Wolverines.