February 21, 2009

Grove City rolls past Thiel

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 71-50 victory over host Thiel in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at Rissell-Beeghly Gymnasia. Grove City led 40-26 at halftime before breaking the game open in the second half.

Senior guard Joe McCoy (Newark, Ohio/Newark) rifled in a team-high 18 points, including three three-point goals, while junior center Andy O'Keefe (Perry, Ohio/Perry) poured in 14 points. Senior guard Ryan Gibson (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) added 13 points. Gibson and sophomore guard Caleb Orchard (Loudonville, Ohio/Loudonville) both drilled three three-point goals.

Grove City (12-11, 6-6 PAC) shot 51 percent (25 of 49) from the field for the game, including a 14-for-26 effort in the first half. Defensively, the Wolverines limited Thiel to just 29 percent (18 of 63) shooting from the floor. Grove City also out-rebounded Thiel 42-36.

Freshman forward Drew Vandermeer (Clarion, Pa./Clarion) pulled in a team-high five rebounds while freshman guard Brett Matson (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) had four assists.

Grove City led 14-12 in the first half but broke the game open with an 11-0 run. Matson started the run with a lay-up while O'Keefe and sophomore center Kris Verderber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) both hit jumpers. Verderber finished with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting. Orchard also hit a three during the run.

McCoy's final three of the game gave Grove City its biggest lead, 67-40, at the 7:11 mark.

Nick Sefscik led Thiel (2-22, 1-11 PAC) with 19 points.

Grove City will be the No. 5 seed in next week's PAC Championship Tournament. The Wolverines will visit Washington & Jefferson at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.

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-RYAN GIBSON (2005-present)1,049
22-Dan Von Handorf (1992-96) 1,029
23-Dutch Leonard (1955-59)   1,013

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