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Three Yellow Jackets Lead BW Men's Basketball To Season Opening Victory

Reid Crossen
Reid Crossen
ST. Davids, Pennsylvania – Three Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball players scored in double figures as the Yellow Jackets opened the 2014-15 season on the road with an impressive 82-56 victory against Eastern University.

The Yellow Jackets (1-0) were led by senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) and senior guard Justin Roth (Parma) with a team-high tying 11 points.   The Eagles (0-1) were led by Shaquan Turk with a game-high 11 points.

In addition to Crowe and Roth, senior center Reid Crossen (Jeromesville/Hillsdale) scored a career-high 10 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds off the bench.  Also, sophomore forward Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk) grabbed a career and game-high 10 rebounds and scored a career-high nine points in his first career start.  

In the first half, BW jumped out to an early 19-9 lead on a three-pointer by junior forward Zach Warner (Clyde) at the 13:14 mark.   Eastern would come only as close as seven points at 21-14 on trey by Anthony Conception at 11:50.   The Yellow Jackets would pull away the rest of the half and increased its lead to as many as 19 points at 48-29 when freshman guard Cameron Kuhn (Vermilion) converted the traditional three-point play with 49 seconds remaining in the opening period.

In the second half, Eastern could not overcome the first half deficit as would only come as close as 17 points early in the period at 48-31 on a layup by Austin Carroll just 48 seconds into the final period.   BW would push the lead to as many as 30 points at 70-40 on a layup by senior forward Matt Dennis (Spring Hill, Fla. /Nature Coast Technical) at the 8:37 mark.   The Eagles would outscore the Yellow Jackets 16-15 over the remainder of the game.

BW is back in action on Tuesday, November 18 when it travels to Cleveland to take on cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University in the second game of men's and women's basketball doubleheader in Horsburgh Gymnasium at 8 p.m.   The women's game tips off at 6 p.m.  

The first men's home game is on Saturday, November 22 in the third game of a men's and women's basketball triple-header in the Ursprung Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.  The Yellow Jacket women conclude the BW Invitational with the consolation and championship games at 2 and 4 p.m.