February 12, 2014

Wolverines fall in double overtime

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's basketball team dropped to 5-8 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 74-68 setback in double overtime Wednesday night against visiting Washington & Jefferson in the Grove City College Arena.

Grove City led 53-48 with 10 seconds left in regulation but W&J rallied to tie the game. Tyler Haas scored a layup and drew a foul on the shot. He missed the free throw but Brett Rubin-Goldstein tipped out the rebound to Doug Johnson, who hit a game-tying three-pointer.

In the first overtime, Grove City took a 58-55 lead when junior guard Mitch Marmelstein (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret's) drilled one of his four three-pointers in the game. W&J reclaimed the lead when Johnson recorded a four-point play on the ensuing possession. Marmelstein tied the game at 60 by sinking two foul shots with 10 seconds left.

Johnson opened the second overtime with a three-pointer, however. W&J sewed up the win by hitting 7 of 8 foul shots in the final minute.

W&J led by as many as 10 points in the first half, 26-16, but Grove City closed the period on a 9-1 run as senior Evan Schell (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oliver), junior Josh Patterson (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) and sophomore Isaiah Reeves (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) all hit three-pointers.

W&J led 27-25 at the half but Marmelstein drilled a three early in the second half to give Grove City a 30-28 lead. The Wolverines led by as many as eight points, 38-30, in the second half.

Marmelstein led Grove City with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore guard Joe Vermilya (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview) and junior forward Brian Giesler (Harrisville, Pa./Slippery Rock) both added eight points. Reeves had seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Patterson added four assists.

Johnson led W&J with 28 points. Nate Bellhy posted 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Grove City shot 23 of 64 (36 percent) from the field, including a 15-for-35 (43 percent) outing on three-pointers. The Wolverines went 4 for 16 overall in overtime, however. W&J (12-11, 7-7) went 22 of 59 (37 percent) on field goals. W&J owned a 45-41 advantage in rebounds. Grove City had 13 turnovers while W&J committed 14.

Grove City will visit archrival Geneva Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in conference action.

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