February 12, 2011

Gallant effort falls short

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Senior forward Luke Tomaselli (Cresson, Pa./Penn Cambria) fired in a career-high 28 points Saturday afternoon but the Grove City College men's basketball team fell just short of upsetting visiting Geneva as the Golden Tornadoes (17-6) escaped the Grove City College Arena with a 61-58 win.

Geneva led 46-34 with 12:48 left but Grove City stormed back with a 10-0 run. Sophomore forward Nate Rambacher (Newmanstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon) started the run by hitting a jumper while junior center Kris Verderber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) followed with a layup.

Tomaselli hit two free throws with 8:01 left, cutting the lead to 46-44. Grove City eventually tied the game at 53 with 3:41 left on a three-pointer from freshman forward Matt Roush (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods).

Grove City took its only lead of the second half with 1:15 left when junior forward Mike Grist (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) drilled a three-pointer. However, Geneva reclaimed the lead 23 seconds later when Richard Colick sank two free throws.

Geneva's Bryan Hill pushed the lead to 61-58 by draining a pair of foul shots with 22 seconds left. Geneva, which had just four fouls in the second half to that point, fouled Grove City twice in the closing moments to help whittle down the remaining time. The Wolverines could not get off a game-tying shot before time expired.

Roush added eight points for the Wolverines, who shot 25 of 60 (42 percent) from the field.

Colick led Geneva with 23 points. Hill had 14 points and Lambros Svingos recorded an 11-point, 14-rebound double-double. Geneva, which led 30-28 at the half, shot 41 percent (21 of 51) for the game. The Golden Tornadoes went 14 for 17 at the foul line while Grove City made three of four foul shots.

Geneva owned a 40-28 rebound edge. Tomaselli led Grove City with seven rebounds. He also had four assists and five steals. The Wolverines forced 15 Geneva turnovers and committed only eight miscues.

Saturday's game does not count in the Presidents' Athletic Conference standings due to Geneva's provisional status in NCAA Division III.

The Wolverines visit Saint Vincent Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

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