January 4, 2006
Wolverines top Pitt-Greensburg, 80-73
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Three Grove City guards scored in double figures Wednesday night, helping the Wolverines earn an 80-73 home win over visiting Pitt-Greensburg (4-5) in non-conference men's basketball action at the Grove City College Arena.
Sophomore Shawn Carr (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) fired in 19 points, including four three-point goals in the second half, while sophomore Ryan Gerber (Baltic, Ohio/Garaway) added 15 points. Gerber drained three three-pointers and is now 18 for 36 (50 percent) from three-point territory this season.
Sophomore Joe Capotosta (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) added 10 points off the bench for Grove City (4-7).
Grove City led wire-to-wire and led by as many as 13, 33-20, in the first half. Pitt-Greensburg closed the gap to 41-33 by halftime. The Wolverines extended their lead to 57-40 in the second half before Pitt-Greensburg rallied.
A three-pointer from Matt Rowland cut the Grove City lead to 74-72 with 1:06 left. However, a layup by Grove City junior forward Mark Smith (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and two free throws from both Carr and senior point guard Matt Phillips (Bainbridge, Ohio/Kenston) sealed the victory.
Phillips had seven assists and no turnovers while junior center Craig Hallman (Ellwood City, Pa./Riverside) had a team-high seven rebounds. Grove City held a 37-27 edge on the glass.
Duke Cooper led Pitt-Greensburg with a 20-point, 8-rebound, 5-assist effort.
Grove City will play Albright Friday night in the semifinals of Albright's TGIFriday's/Sheraton Tournament in Reading, Pa. at 8 p.m.
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