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.
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.
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 www.bw.edu/athletics/video/.
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