WHEATON, ILL. – The Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball fell host Wheaton College in the championship of the Lee Pfund Classic by a final score of 75-74 inside King Arena.
BW (1-1) had four players score in double figures led by sophomore guard Michael Quiring (Brunswick) as he scored a career-high 18 points. Junior All-OAC guard Jay Battle (Gahanna/Lincoln), who was named to the all-tournament team, poured in 17 points. Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Cam Kuhn (Vermilion) who was selected to the all-tournament team, and senior All-OAC forward Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk) chipped in 14 points apiece.
Wheaton (2-0) had two players scored double figures led by Ricky Samuelson as he scored a game-high 29 points. Aston Francis tallied 22 points.
Both team battled back and forth for most of the opening part of the first half until the Thunder took a 15-11 lead when Samuelson knocked down a three pointer at the 11:25 mark. The Yellow Jackets used an 16-10 run to take a 27-25 lead when Battle knocked down a pair of free throws at 4:31. The Thunder outscored BW 11-9 down the stretch and the teams were tied at 36-36 going into the locker-room.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half on a 9-6 run to take a 45-42 when Kuhn buried a triple at the 16:00 mark. Each team would score a basket each over the next two minutes to make give BW the 47-44 advantage at 13:52. BW went on a 14-6 run to take a 61-60 lead on three-pointer by Fetherolf at the 6:23 mark. Wheaton used a 12-7 run to take a 72-68 lead on a layup by Trevor Gunter at 3:08. The Yellow Jackets responded with a 4-0 run to tie the game at 72-72 when Kuhn knocked down a pair of free throws at the 1:53 mark. Wheaton won the game at 75-74 when Samuelson converted the traditional three-point play with nine seconds remaining.
BW returns to action on Tuesday, November 21 when it hosts Alfred State (N.Y.) University in its home opener in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center at 5 p.m. Fans can watch all of the action live at http://www.bwyellowjackets.com/x/ri2ev