BEREA, Ohio -- Sophomore forward Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk) scored a game and career-high 30 points and grabbed six rebounds, but the Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team lost to visiting OAC rival Muskingum University, 96-88, in an OAC game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. This was the nightcap of a men's and women's doubleheader.
In addition to Fetherolf for BW (10-7, 5-5 OAC), sophomore All-OAC guard Cam Kuhn (Vermilion) scored 27 points, all in the second half, and junior guard Brandon Gleim (Hilliard/ Davideson) scored a career-high 16 points. Muskingum (5-12, 2-8 OAC) was led by junior forward Rickey Wilson's 22 points.
In the first half, BW jumped out an early 7-1 lead at 17:42 when Fetherolf hit a three-pointer to account for the first seven Yellow Jacket points. After Muskingum scored five straight points to make it 7-6 at 16:15, BW rebuilt its six-point cushion on four separate occasions with the last at 25-19 at 8:56 when senior Academic All-OAC forward Ryan Walsh (Easton, Pa./ Easton Area) made a hook shot.
The Fighting Muskies scored the next six points to tie it at 25-25 at 6:44, and the Muskies took their first lead at 26-25 on a foul shot. One more tie and four lead changes led to a 33-32 Muskie lead at the intermission.
The second half began with a tie and six lead changes before the Fighting Muskies went on a 14-4 run to build a 51-43 lead at 15:52. Muskingum had three separate 10-point leads with the last at 62-52 at 12:07. BW went on a 16-5 run to retake the lead at 68-67 when Kuhn pulled up on a fast break and buried a triple.
After BW took a 70-67 lead at 6:48, the Muskies reeled off 10 straight points to take a 77-70 lead at 4:13. The Muskies had their largest lead of the game of 11 points at 87-76 with 59 seconds left. The closest BW would get the Muskingum after that juncture was seven points.
BW is back in action on Wednesday, January 27 when the Yellow Jackets host the University of Mount Union at 7:30 p.m. and No.11-ranked Marietta College on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.