January 16, 2008

Grove City stuns Waynesburg, 73-71

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team remained atop the Presidents' Athletic Conference by pulling out a 73-71 come-from-behind victory over host Waynesburg Wednesday night in PAC action at the Rudy Marisa Field House. Grove City is now 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the PAC. Grove City owns a half-game lead over both Bethany (3-1) and Thomas More (4-2) in the conference.

Grove City trailed Waynesburg 66-59 with three minutes left but rallied for the victory. Senior guard Shawn Carr (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) drained a three-pointer with 14 seconds left to give the Wolverines a 72-70 lead. Moments later, Waynesburg's Dan Happe made just one of two free throws and Grove City senior Bobby Turner (New Castle, Pa./Laurel) grabbed the miss.

Waynesburg fouled Turner with seven seconds left. Turner made the first foul shot but did not convert the second one. Waynesburg brought the ball up the court for a chance to tie or win the game but Grove City senior Ryan Gerber (Baltic, Ohio/Garaway) intercepted a pass and dribbled out the closing seconds.

Gerber ignited the Grove City comeback with a three-pointer that closed the gap to 66-62. After the teams traded baskets, Grove City junior guard Ryan Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) hit a pair of free throws with 1:22 left, bringing Grove City to within two, 68-66. Waynesburg's Tim Drakeley doubled the lead with two foul shots but Carr countered with his fourth three-pointer of the night.

Grove City then forced an errant jumper by Waynesburg's Jered Gamble prior to Carr's go-ahead three-pointer. Carr led Grove City with 23 points while Gibson added 15 points and a team-leading eight rebounds. Gibson also had four assists.

Drakeley led all scorers with 25 points, including five three-point goals.

Grove City out-rebounded Waynesburg, 34-26. Grove City shot 24 of 50 (48 percent) from the field while Waynesburg shot 27 of 54 (50 percent). The Wolverines went 17 for 22 (77 percent) at the foul line while Waynesburg posted a 9-for-14 effort at the line. All 22 of Grove City's foul attempts came in the second half.

The game featured 17 lead changes. Carr now has 975 career points. Grove City is 7-4 when trailing at halftime this season. The Wolverines are 3-0 when leading at the break. The Wolverines had lost four straight regular-season games against Waynesburg.

Grove City will host Saint Vincent Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Grove City College Arena.

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