MC downs B-W on J.O.’s 3: Pioneer men win 72-70

J.O. delivered another K.O.

That’s J.O. as in Jacob Owens, and K.O. as in knockout.

The 5-foot-9 Marietta College senior got a second chance on a 3-attempt and made it with six seconds left as the Pioneers defeated Baldwin-Wallace, 72-70, in Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.

“I rushed the first one, because I got a little excited,” said Owens, who finished with 10 points. “I didn’t know the ball was coming to me. Then, I saw (Tyler) Hammond get it back, and I got ready to shoot again. And, I just knocked it down.”

Owens’ first three-atemmpt with 11 seconds remaining was an airball, but the 5-11 Hammond got the rebound, and kicked it back out to his teammate.

“Jacob and I shoot together every day in practice,” said Hammond, who finished with 11 points and three assists. “I knew it just came off his hand wrong, and I knew where it was going. I just went up and grabbed it. Coach (Jon VanderWal) always tells us that second chances lead to wide-open threes.”

Last month at Capital University, Owens hit a buzzer-beating trey to defeat the Crusaders, 64-63.

“I asked J.O. in the locker room, ‘How do you keep getting open at the end of the game?'” said VanderWal, whose Pioneers improved to 17-6 overall and 13-3 in the OAC. “I thought Tyler Hammond’s rebound gave us a second chance, and J.O.’s not going to miss two times in row. That’s for sure. You give him two chances at it, and he’s going to make one of them.”

J.J. Martin and Garrett Stephenson paced Marietta on Senior Day with 12 points and eight rebounds apiece. Scott Kimmey added nine markers. During a pregame ceremony, MC seniors’ Tyler Worstell, Jason Humphrey, Martin, Owens, and Kimmey each was recognized.

The Pioneers also avenged an earlier 94-71 setback to B-W (17-6, 12-4) in Berea.

“We didn’t play so well up there,” Hammond said. “It was probably one of their (Baldwin-Wallace) better games.

“We were ready today, especially after the tough loss (vs. Capital) on Wednesday. Everyone came in focused Thursday and Friday.”

Kevin Krakowiak led the Duane Sheldon-coached Yellow Jackets with a game-high 17 points. Chris Ameen added 12, Kyle Payne netted 11, and Ben Umbel had 10 markers and nine boards.

During the course of the contest, there were no double-digit leads by either school. The first half featured seven lead changes and two ties.

At halftime, Baldwin-Wallace owned a 35-32 advantage.

During second half action, there were nine lead changes and three ties.

Late in the game, Marietta had an 8-0 run on buckets by Worstell, Stephenson, Martin and Kimmey, and led 65-59.

But B-W answered with a 9-0 run on Umbel’s three, Payne’s bank, and two Ameen putbacks to lead 68-65 with under a minute to play. After Stephenson’s bucket cut it to one, the Yellowjackets scored on Jaron Crowe’s “touchdown” throw to Umbel, who was fouled on the layup. Umbel missed the bonus freebie, though.

Stephenson then was fouled, and he converted two at the charity stripe to make it 70-69.

Baldwin-Wallace had an opportunity to give itself a little cushion with 16 seconds left when Umbel was fouled. But the Yellow Jacket player misfired on the front end of a one-and-one at the line, and Martin got the rebound.

“We needed this win,” VanderWal said. “It’s a big win for us.

“I’m so proud of our seniors on Senior Night. It’s great that one of our seniors (Owens) made the game-winning shot. It doesn’t get much better than that.”


Baldwin-Wallace 79, Marietta 67

BEREA – Despite having one of its best shooting games of the season the Marietta College women’s basketball team dropped a 79-67 decision at Baldwin-Wallace University Saturday.

Marietta (8-15 overall, 3-13 OAC) hit nearly 55 percent of its field goal attempts including 68 percent in the second half. However, the Pioneers couldn’t overcome the Yellow Jackets’ 26 trips to the free line.

Senior Krissy Rowe and junior Tori Dixon each scored 14 points to lead the Pioneers.