November 20, 2013

Grove City holds off Pitt-Greensburg

GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Junior Mitch Marmelstein (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret's) poured in a game-high 26 points and added seven rebounds as the Grove City College men's basketball team recovered from a strong Pitt-Greensburg second half rally to hold off the host Bobcats 80-75 in Chambers Hall on Wednesday evening.

Junior Brian Giesler (Harrisville, Pa./Slippery Rock) added 17 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:08 remaining in the second half, while fellow junior Josh Patterson (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior J.T. Schwartz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler) also chipped in 10 points for the Wolverines.

In what proved to be a game of runs, the Bobcats (0-1) used an 11-2 run to take their biggest lead of the first half at 26-19 on a Marcus Thomas three-pointer with 11:01 remaining.

Grove City (2-1) responded with a 16-3 run of their own spanning five minutes, capped by a pair of Patterson free throws that gave the Wolverines a 35-29 lead with 6:04 left in the first half.

Pitt-Greensburg would close the gap to three on a Jerrell Figueroa jumper with 2:18 remaining, but four free throws by Marmelstein and senior Evan Schell (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oliver) and a Ford Reinalda (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown) layup sent the Wolverines into the locker room with a 46-37 lead.

Marmelstein led Grove City with 15 first-half points while Figueroa and Rocco Contristano each had 10 for the Bobcats.

The Wolverines opened the second half with back-to-back Giesler threes and consecutive baskets by Marmelstein to extend their run to 16-0 and take their largest lead of the game at 56-37 with 17:02 remaining.

Pitt-Greensburg would not go down quietly on this evening, holding Grove City to just one field goal over the next seven minutes and going on a 23-3 run to take their first lead of the period at 60-59 on a Figueroa three with 9:50 to play.

From there, the teams would trade leads four times before Giesler's three-pointer at the 2:08 mark gave the Wolverines the lead for good.

Figueroa led Pitt-Greensburg with 22 points and five assists while Thomas added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Grove City shot 51 percent from the floor and held the Bobcats to just 36 percent shooting but 14 three-pointers and 14 offensive rebounds allowed Pitt-Greensburg to stay in the game.

The Wolverines host Mount Aloysius in their home opener on Saturday at 1:00.

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