February 24, 2005

Presidents end Grove City's season

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team closed the 2004-05 season Thursday night with a 69-57 loss to third-seeded Washington and Jefferson (10-17) in the semifinals of the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at the Grove City College Arena.

The Presidents will play top-seeded Bethany in Saturday night's championship game at 7:30. Second-seeded Grove City finishes the season 13-12, the program's fifth straight winning season.

Washington and Jefferson broke a 28-28 tie in the second half with a 10-0 run. Grove City pulled to within 50-45 with 5:07 left but the Wolverines could get no closer.

Senior forward Ryan Eller (Erie, Pa./Iroquois) led the Wolverines with 17 points. He moved into 18th place on Grove City's all-time scoring list with 1,068 points. Senior center Phil Bushre (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek) added 10 points for the Wolverines. Bushre finished the season with 381 points, the 17th-highest single-season total in Grove City history.

Senior point guard Mike Lukcic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) grabbed six rebounds, helping the Wolverines own a 38-37 edge. Brandon Studer led the Presidents with 24 points, including five three-point goals. Washington and Jefferson committed just six turnovers.

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-RYAN ELLER (2001-present) 1,068
19-Mike Donahoe (1975-79)    1,051
20-Dan Von Handorf (1992-96) 1,029
21-Dutch Leonard (1955-59)   1,013

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