Back on win track: MC men top B-W, 97-86

Andy Dollman was pretty much at the top of his game for being under the weather.

The Marietta College junior – who normally starts – scored a career-high 24 points off the pine as the Pioneers defeated Baldwin-Wallace University, 97-86, in Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.

“I’ve been out with an illness,” said the 6-foot-1 Dollman, who was eight of 11 from the field and seven of eight from the line. “I just came back to practice yesterday (Friday).”

Dollman did not make the Ohio Northern trip on Wednesday.

“I was in one of those zones, I guess,” Dollman continued. “I got on a roll and everything seemed to go in. It happens sometimes.”

Jon VanderWal said Dollman was “a Warrior.”

“Kudos to Andy Dollman,” said the seventh-year MC head coach whose navy blue and white cagers improved their record to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the OAC). “He came out here today and played his heart and soul out. He put on a clinic today.

“I told him I wanted to get 10 to 15 minutes out of him today and I rode him for 28.”

Luis Garcia added 22 points, including 13 of 13 from the charity stripe, and Garrett Stephenson had 16 markers. The Pioneer bench outpointed the Yellow Jackets, 48-6.

“I thought everybody stepped up their effort,” said Dollman, who played his prep hoops at Parkersburg High. “We knew we had to get better and bounce back from a bad loss (at Ohio Northern University). We knew B-W was predicted to be No. 1 in the conference so we had to make a statement. That was our goal.”

Baldwin-Wallace was paced by Jaron Crowe, who tallied a game-high 29 points. Kevin Krakowiak and Kyle Payne chipped in with 22 markers. The Yellow Jacket starters accounted for 80 of the 86 points.

B-W fell to 7-6 and 3-3.

“We beat one of the premiere teams in Division III,” VanderWal said. “Their record may not show it but they’re as talented as anybody we’re going to play all year.

“We’re in the nuts and bolts, the heart of our schedule right now. It’s a game we had to have, and our kids responded. I’m really proud of them.”

Sparked by Dollman’s 15 first-half points, Marietta staked itself to a 53-49 advantage. From the floor, he was six of six, and from the line, two of two. Eddy Grenert and Stephenson each added nine points. Grenert’s total came in three minutes of court time.

MC led for most of the first 20 minutes of play, and had a nine-point advantage on a couple of occasions. B-W stayed close, thanks to the shooting of Crowe, Krakowiak, and Payne.

After the break, Marietta stretched its lead to double digits (73-62) for the first time in the contest when A.J. Ireland drained a three at the 12:11 mark. B-W never led in the second half.

“It was a great day to be a Pioneer,” VanderWal said.


Baldwin-Wallace 85, Marietta College 64

BEREA – Baldwin Wallace University scored the first 11 points of the game and never trailed as the Yellow Jackets defeated Marietta College 85-64 Saturday in women’s basketball action. The Pioneers dropped to 8-5 overall and 2-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Baldwin Wallace improved to 10-3 on the season and 5-1 in league play.

Despite shooting just 36 percent from the floor in the first half, Baldwin-Wallace was able to take advantage of 13 Pioneer turnovers to lead 42-25 at the half. The Yellow Jackets built a 29-point lead, 58-29, early in the second period and kept the margin above 20 for most of the half.

Tori Dixon led the Pioneers with 14 points. She needs 51 points to reach 1,000 in her career. Jordanna Rauch added nine points, while Dixon and freshman Lindsey Eckstein each had a game-high seven rebounds.

B-W was led by Audrey Smolik’s 20 points. Lexi Rohrbach chipped in with 19 points and Shari Mangas added 11.

Jessica Lairson grabbed seven boards.

From staff reports