January 10, 2004

Lukcic ties record as Wolverines advance to finals 

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Junior point guard Mike Lukcic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) tied a school record for three-point shooting with 5-for-5 accuracy Saturday night as the Grove City College men's basketball team downed St. Mary's College of Maryland, 63-58, in the semifinals of Moravian College's Greyhound Rock Classic.

Grove City will play either Moravian or Misericordia in Sunday's 3 p.m. final. 

Lukcic finished with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, dished out four assists and added three steals for Grove City, which won its second straight. Lukcic's three-point performance ties the record originally set by Steve Carlson against Thiel Jan. 20, 1990.

Junior forward Ryan Eller (Erie, Pa./Iroquois) added 17 points while senior forward Tanner Prosser (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) chipped in 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, had five assists and blocked three shots.

The Wolverines (5-7) trailed 27-21 at halftime but charged back behind an 8-for-11 performance behind the three-point arc. Lukcic fired in 16 second-half points while Eller registered 13 in the final 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Grove City held St. Mary's to just 13 of 33 shooting (39 percent) in the second half. 

Junior guard J.D. Collar (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) added five assists for Grove City. The Wolverines have won two straight following a four-game slide to close 2003. 

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