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Payne Scores 14 As Jackets Defeat Muskingum

Payne Scores 14 As Jackets Defeat Muskingum

BEREA, OHIO  –  Sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 14 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men's basketball team defeated Muskingum University, 64-44, today (Saturday, February 4 2012) in an OAC game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. With its win, B-W swept the season series from the Muskies

With its victory, B-W improves to 13-8 overall and 8-6  in the OAC and has won six of its last eight games. With its loss, Muskingum dropped to 8-13 overall and 5-9 in the OAC and ended a two-game winning streak.

In addition to Payne for B-W, sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior) came off the bench to make four three-pointers and score 12 points, sophomore center Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) had 11 and sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) had 10.  Muskingum was led by senior forwards Kyle Clinedinst and Josh Brindley with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the 17:39 mark when Payne made a three-pointer. Clinedinst got the Fighting Muskies on the board with a layup at 17:02 to make it 7-2.

Following a layup by sophomore guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary) at 15:41 to make it 7-4, Muskingum scored six straight points and grabbed the lead at 8-7 when Clinedinst made a layup at 13:26.  Following two more lead changes, freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) connected on three straight foul shots at 12:10 to give B-W a 12-10 advantage.

After the game was tied twice, B-W gained a four-point lead at 18-14 at 6:09 when Umbel made a steal, drove the length of the floor and scored. Muskingum responded with an 9-0 run to regain the lead at 23-18 at 1:30 when senior guard J.J. Armstrong heaved a desperation three-pointer when he picked up a loose ball 45-feet from the basket with the time clock running down. B-W received two foul shots from Ferrell at 1:15 to close to 23-20 at the intermission.

In the second half, Umbel made it a 1-point game with a layup at 19:30, but Clinedinst scored at 18:40 and sophomore forward Clay Owings made two foul shots at 17:22 for a 5-point bulge at 27-22. Following a basket by each team, Ferrell and Krakowiak made back-to-back layups to draw B-W to 29-28 with 15:53 left.

Following a Muskie turnover, B-W regained the lead at 30-29 at 15:21 when Payne missed a jumper, grabbed his own rebound and scored. A Krakowiak jumper extended the lead at 14:44, but Brindley countered for the Muskies with a putback and was fouled at 14:09. His missed charity toss left B-W with a 32-31 lead.

A three-pointer by Fairhurst at 12:53 followed by  an Umbel layup at 12:16 pushed B-W's lead to a game-high six points at 37-31. A tip-in by sophomore backup center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus DeSales) at 11:03 upped the lead to 39-31 and ran B-W's run to 15-2 since it trailed 29-24 at the 16:52 mark.

A Fairhurst triple at 10:09 ran the run to 10-0 and gave the Yellow Jackets a 42-31 lead. After two Muskie foul shots, Fairhurst had another trey at 9:41,Crowe made a layup at 8:45 and Fairhurst followed with a long triple at 8:10 to make it another 8-0 run and push the lead to 50-33. The Jackets had outscored Muskingum 26-4 since 16:52.

A Clinedinst basket at 7:39 ended B-W's current run and Payne made it 52-35 with a bucket at 6:31 and his three-pointer 41 seconds later made it a 20-point bulge at 55-35. The closest Muskingum would get after that point was 18 points at 62-44 with 1:52 left when backup guard Isaiah Shakespeare made a jump shot.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 8 when they host OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the Ursprung Gym at 7:30 p.m. B-W ends its three-game homestand when it hosts Capital University on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise its men's and women's basketball doubleheader versus Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 18 on SportsTime Ohio. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school, including its men's and women's doubleheader versus Wilmington College on January 28. Media and fans can view many of its past Yellow Jacket telecasts on its web site at

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