January 8, 2014
Grove City falls to Penn State Beaver
MONACA, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team fell to Penn State Beaver 86-69 in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the Penn State Beaver Fieldhouse.
Junior Mitch Marmelstein (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret's) led the Wolverines (5-7) with 22 points and a game-high eight rebounds while junior Brian Giesler (Harrisville, Pa./Slippery Rock) added 15 points.
Grove City took an early 8-5 lead on threes by freshman D.J. Martin (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty) and Giesler and a pair of free throws by junior J.T. Schwartz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler), but the Lions (10-3) answered with six quick points to retake the lead at 11-8.
A three by junior Joe Vermilya (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview) netted the score at 11-11 and the two teams would trade baskets to tie the score at both 13 and 15 before Penn State Beaver used an 11-0 run, led by seven points from Chris Weathers, to take a 26-15 lead with 9:15 remaining in the half.
Marmelstein would score the next nine Grove City points to help the Wolverines cut the lead to 30-24, and Grove City drew within five a moment later when Giesler answered a Markes Royster jumper with a three-pointer to make it 35-27 with 4:41 to play.
The Lions extended their lead back to ten on consecutive jumpers by Rob Agurs, but the Wolverines would score the final five points of the half, as junior Josh Patterson (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) hit a three and Marmelstein made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to make it a 39-34 halftime score.
Marmelstein led the Wolverines with 11 first-half points and added five rebounds while Weathers had 13 and Nick Miller 11 for Penn State Beaver.
The Lions opened the second half on a 14-6 run to take a 53-40 lead with 15:29 remaining, but Grove City responded with eight straight points, as threes by Marmelstein and Patterson would sandwich a Giesler jumper to cut the deficit to five.
A Tyler Patterson (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) three-point play at the 10:35 mark would keep the score close at 59-53, but Penn State Beaver would use a 15-5 run spanning nearly five minutes to create some distance and held on for the victory.
Weathers and Miller each scored a game-high 26 for the Lions while Agurs added 19. Penn State Beaver held a 26-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Wolverines return to action on Saturday, hosting Geneva in a Presidents' Athletic Conference matchup at 3 p.m.
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