December 30, 2004

Grove City falls to Denison

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Despite committing just three turnovers and owning a nine-point halftime lead, the Grove City College men’s basketball team could not return to the .500 mark Thursday afternoon, dropping an 83-80 decision to Denison in the consolation game of the McDonald’s of Bluffton Tournament.

Grove City (4-6) led 43-34 at the half and led for much of the second half. However, the Wolverines did not make a field goal over the final 3:50 of the game, going 0-for-6 from the floor in that span.

Senior center Phil Bushre (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek) led the Wolverines with 23 points and six rebounds while junior swingman Matt Phillips (Bainbridge, Ohio/Kenston) added a season-high 18 points. Senior guard J.D. Collar (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) fired in 13 points, including three three-point goals.

Collar also had five of Grove City’s season-high 26 assists. Senior point guard Mike Lukcic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) tied a career high with nine assists. The Wolverines also went 14 for 15 at the foul line.

Grove City returns to action Tuesday night, January 4, 2005, at Pitt-Greensburg.

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