February 15, 2012

4th straight for Grove City

GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Grove City College men’s basketball team continued its second-half surge Wednesday night by rolling to an 82-64 victory over visiting Waynesburg in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action on Senior Night at the Grove City College Arena.

It is Grove City’s fourth consecutive win overall and raises the Wolverines’ overall record to 11-12.

Senior guard Brett Matson (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) fired in 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting and also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for Grove City (7-8 PAC).

Freshman guard Mitch Marmelstein (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret’s) added 14 points.

Grove City trailed 16-12 seven minutes into the game but charged back with a 12-2 run. Junior forward Nate Rambacher (Newmanstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon) ignited the spurt with a three-point play and freshman guard Christian Durbin (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) put Grove City ahead 19-18 with a layup.

Freshman forward Brian Giesler (Harrisville, Pa./Slippery Rock) drained a three-pointer midway through the second half to extend Grove City’s lead to 24-18.

Matson and Durbin hit consecutive three-pointers late in the first half to give Grove City a 39-29 lead. Durbin’s driving layup with two seconds left gave the Wolverines a 41-29 halftime lead.

The Wolverines extended the lead to as many as 24 in the second half.

Grove City shot 52 percent (30 of 58) from the field for the game, including an 11-for-22 effort on three-point goals. Seven different Wolverines had at least one three-pointer.

Grove City also owned a 37-35 edge in rebounds. Matson added three steals and three assists to his 11 rebounds. Senior center Kris Verderber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) distributed five assists.

Kurt Bonnet led Waynesburg (4-20, 1-14 PAC) with 17 points. Waynesburg shot 40 percent (23 of 58) from the field. Waynesburg had just nine turnovers. Grove City turned over the ball 10 times.

Grove City recognized seniors Matson, Verderber, forward Cody Fleeger (Butler, Pa./Butler) and Mike Grist (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) prior to Wednesday game.

Grove City concludes the regular season Saturday at Thiel at 3 p.m. 

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-Andy O'Keefe (2006-10     1,164
14-Jim Wherley (1993-97)     1,162
15-Bart Niemeyer (1958-62)   1,145
16-Shawn Carr (2004-08)      1,121
17-Benjamin Davis (1990-94)  1,094
18-Ryan Gibson (2005-09)     1,079
19-Dave Marovich (1962-65)   1,072
20-Ron Arrington (1962-66)   1,069
21-Ryan Eller (2001-05)      1,068
22-BRETT MATSON (2008-)      1,067
23-Mike Donahoe (1975-79)    1,051
24-Dan Von Handorf (1992-96) 1,029
25-Dutch Leonard (1955-59)   1,013

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