February 5, 2005

Eller reaches 1,000 but Wolverines fall in OT

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Senior forward Ryan Eller (Erie, Pa./Iroquois) became the 21st 1,000-point scorer in Grove City College men's basketball history Saturday afternoon but the Wolverines fell to 11-9 overall and 4-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 110-102 overtime loss at PAC archrival Westminster in Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

Eller poured in a career-high 41 points on 17-of-21 shooting from the floor. He also drained six of seven foul shots in becoming the first Grove City player to score 40 points in a game since Dan Von Handorf scored 42 in a 106-103 overtime win over Thiel in 1995. Eller added seven assists.

Senior center Phil Bushre (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek) fired in 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Bushre distributed eight assists, tying a career-high.

The Wolverines forced overtime as senior guard J.D. Collar (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) sank an off-balance three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 88-88. However, Westminster guard Craig Hannon scored 13 of his team-high 26 points in the overtime session.

Westminster (14-7, 4-2 PAC) jumped out to a 17-6 lead and eventually extended the lead to 28-15. After leading 45-36 at the half, the Titans pushed the lead to 65-51. Grove City took its first lead of the second half with a 12-0 run during the middle portion of the period. Bushre's lay-up at the 6:33 mark gave Grove City a 72-71 lead.

Dom Joseph added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans. Grove City will host Waynesburg Wednesday night in PAC action at 7:30.

Box Score


1-Jeff Claypool (1965-69)    2,234
2-Bob Crow (1979-83)         1,450
3-Joe Buckley (1985-89)      1,413
4-John Cochran (1966-70)     1,352
5-Tanner Prosser (1999-2003) 1,263
6-Mark Timko (1991-94)       1,255
7-Fred Schwab (1970-74)      1,215
8-Deron Ryan (1984-88)       1,205
9-Tim Mokma (1987-91)        1,197
10-Bill Fox (1975-79)        1,192
11-Tom Robinson (1957-62)    1,181
12-Mark Smith (1979-83)      1,171
13-Jim Wherley (1993-97)     1,162
14-Bart Niemeyer (1958-62)   1,145
15-Benjamin Davis (1990-94)  1,094
16-Dave Marovich (1962-65)   1,072
17-Ron Arrington (1962-66)   1,069
18-Mike Donahoe (1975-79)    1,051
19-Dan Von Handorf (1992-96) 1,029
20-Dutch Leonard (1955-59)   1,013
21-RYAN ELLER (2001-present) 1,005

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