February 7, 2009

Gibson tops 1,000 but Wolverines fall

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team dropped a 73-59 verdict to visiting Thomas More College Saturday afternoon in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at the Grove City College Arena.

Senior guard Ryan Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) fired in a team-leading 20 points to become Grove City's 23rd men's basketball player with at least 1,000 career points. Gibson now has 1,005 career points at Grove City.

Grove City (10-9, 4-5 PAC) trailed 33-31 at halftime but grabbed the lead after seniors Joe McCoy (Newark, Ohio/Newark) and John Scheller (Frisco, Texas/Hoover, Ohio) both buried three-point goals. However, Thomas More (15-7, 9-2 PAC) took the lead for good with 14:30 left as Kurt Bovard drained a three-pointer.

Grove City limited Thomas More to 34 percent (19 of 56) shooting from the field. The Wolverines yielded just eight second-half field goals in 30 attempts (27 percent) in the second half. However, Thomas More made six three-point goals in the second half. For the game, Thomas More shot 12 of 32 (37 percent) from behind the three-point line.

The Wolverines shot 38 percent (19 for 50) for the game. Grove City had 16 turnovers while Thomas More had 10 turnovers. Thomas More owned a 40-37 edge on the glass. Daniel Ellis led Thomas More with 20 points while Romell Salone contributed 15 points.

McCoy finished with seven points and a game-high four assists. Grove City recognized seniors David Crosby (Buffalo, N.Y./Christian Central), Gibson, McCoy and Scheller prior to the game as part of Senior Day festivities.

Grove City will host Bethany Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in PAC action at the Grove City College Arena.

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-Shawn Carr (2004-2008)    1,121
16-Benjamin Davis (1990-94)  1,094
17-Dave Marovich (1962-65)   1,072
18-Ron Arrington (1962-66)   1,069
19-Ryan Eller (2001-05)      1,068
20-Mike Donahoe (1975-79)    1,051
21-Dan Von Handorf (1992-96) 1,029
22-Dutch Leonard (1955-59)   1,013
23-RYAN GIBSON (2005-present)1,005

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