January 4, 2010

Wolverines pull out 51-47 win

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team opened 2010 Monday night by pulling out a 51-47 victory over visiting Juniata in non-conference action at the Grove City College Arena.

Grove City took a 46-44 lead with 1:50 left on a three-point goal from sophomore guard Cody Fleeger (Butler, Pa./Butler). The Wolverines led for the first 37 minutes of the game but Juniata (6-6) took a 44-43 lead on Alex Raymond's basket in the lane with 2:20 left. However, Fleeger's three on the following possession put Grove City ahead to stay.

Grove City led 49-47 in the closing seconds when Raymond's potential game-tying basket missed. Matt Regan's putback attempt also failed and Grove City center Andy O'Keefe (Perry, Ohio/Perry) grabbed the rebound. O'Keefe sewed up the win by hitting two free throws with 2.3 seconds left.

O'Keefe finished with 14 points while sophomore guard Brett Matson (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) fired in a game-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Wolverines.

Grove City (7-5) shot 39 percent (17 of 44) from the field. The Wolverines (7-5) held Juniata to a 1-for-13 effort on three-point goals and a 19-for-55 effort (34 percent) from the field overall. Both teams struggled at the foul line. Grove City went 13 for 22 (59 percent) while Juniata made 8 of 15 foul shots.

Grove City held Juniata to a 9-for-31 (29 percent) shooting effort in the first half as the Wolverines led 27-20 at halftime.

Regan led Juniata with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Luke Tomaselli (Cresson, Pa./Penn Cambria) grabbed eight rebounds for Grove City. Juniata owned a 36-34 edge on the glass. Senior guard Joe McCoy (Newark, Ohio/Newark) collected four assists.

Juniata won the first meeting between the teams November 21, 82-72, in overtime in the finals of Juniata's Doc Greene Tournament. Grove City now leads the all-time series 18-14.

Grove City will host Bethany Thursday night in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at 8 p.m.

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