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.
GROVE CITY'S 1,000-POINT CLUB
1-Jeff Claypool (1965-69)
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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