February 12, 2005

Wolverines slip past Presidents, 57-54

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team improved to 13-9 overall and 6-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Saturday afternoon with a 57-54 win over Washington and Jefferson at the Henry Memorial Center.

Senior center Phil Bushre (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek) put the Wolverines ahead to stay, 56-54, by sinking a lay-up with 37 seconds left. Senior forward Ryan Eller (Erie, Pa./Iroquois) split two free throws in the final seconds to help secure the win. Bushre and Eller each posted 14 points.

Washington and Jefferson (6-17, 3-5 PAC) jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first half and maintained the lead into the second half. However, a Bushre basket seven minutes into the second half gave Grove City its first lead of the game, 37-35. An Eller jumper with 3:40 left gave the Wolverines their largest lead of the game, 52-47.

President guard Brandon Studer tied the game at 54 at the 1:03 mark with a three-pointer, part of his game-best 15-point effort.

Grove City held a 29-27 edge on the glass, led by Bushre's seven rebounds. Eller had four assists while senior guard J.D. Collar (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) had nine points and three assists.

Grove City will visit Thiel Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

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-RYAN ELLER (2001-present) 1,031
20-Dan Von Handorf (1992-96) 1,029
21-Dutch Leonard (1955-59)   1,013

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