GCC explodes with 90 points, places third at Moravian
BETHLEHEM, PA, January 6, 2001--Grove City reversed a three-game slide in a big way Saturday afternoon, shooting 65% from the floor in a 90-53 victory over Centenary (NJ) in the consolation game of Moravian's Greyhound Nike Classic in Bethlehem, PA.
The Wolverines (7-5), who last scored 90 points in a game in last year's season finale against Waynesburg (92-77), hadn't scored more than 79 in their first 11 games this year. It marked the team's third 90-point effort in third-year head coach Steve Lamie's tenure.
Grove City had four players in double figures, paced by freshman Jim Fetzner (Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep), who scored a game-high 19 points, including three treys. Fetzner, named to the All-Tournament Team, added five rebounds and four assists. Senior Shane Meling (Slippery Rock, PA/Slippery Rock) had the hottest hand on the court, hitting 4 of 4 shots from two-point range, 3 of 4 from outside the arc and 1 of 1 from the line to finish with 18 points. Junior Pat Roberts (Home, PA/Marion Center), also voted to the All-Tournament Team, recorded 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting and a 5-for-6 clip from the stripe. Roberts and sophomore Andy Vlajkovich (Canfield, OH/Canfield) tied for high-rebound honors with eight boards apiece as the Wolverines posted a decisive 40-24 edge underneath. Junior Chris Kreider (Hummelstown, PA/Lower Dauphin) chipped in with 10 points, four assists and four steals, while Vlajkovich added nine points, four dishes and a pair of steals.
The Wolverines trailed 15-12 with 13 minutes left in the first half, but rallied with a 24-4 run and led 46-30 at halftime. Grove City misfired just eight times through the first 20 minutes, knocking down 20 of 28 shots from the field (71.4%). GCC nailed 15 of 26 shots in the second half (57.7%), finishing 35 of 64 (64.8%), including 8 of 12 from three-points range (66.7%).
Bishop Woolford was the only Cyclone in double-digits with 11 points as Centenary (4-6) was held to 35% shooting in the game.
Muhlenberg, who defeated Grove City in Friday's opening round, won the championship game over host Moravian, 75-69.
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