Defiance stays in HCAC tourney race with 66-62 OT win
February 16, 2011
By: Josh Bruner, sports information assistant
DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Bluffton University men's basketball team hosted the Yellow Jackets
of Defiance College on Wednesday, February 16, for Senior Night. The Beavers honored
Rob Luderman (Ayersville) and Cam Saylor (Belle Center/Benjamin Logan) for four years in the Bluffton men's basketball program.
Defiance took the early lead, pulling ahead 34-28 at the break. The Beavers picked
up the defense in the second as they added another 28 while holding Defiance to 22
to push the game into extra time. The Yellow Jackets outscored Bluffton 10-6 in overtime
for a 66-62 win. Defiance improved to 12-12 overall and 7-10 in the HCAC. Bluffton's
fifth straigh loss dropped the Beavers back to 14-10 overall and 7-10 in the conference.
Defiance started out hot as they hit the first two shots for a quick 4-0 lead. The
Beavers put together their first bucket after a minute and a half with a Mychal Hill (London/Jonathan Alder) layup. This was followed by a Hill three which pulled the
Beavers within one (6-5) at the 16:40 mark.
The teams traded buckets over the next two minutes as the Jackets kept the one point
lead following a Ryan Hicks layup. Two Brent Farley (Lima/Shawnee) free throws with 12:51 left in the half put the Beavers up, 9-8.
The teams continued to battle over the next three minutes as a Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) layup kept Bluffton up one, 19-18. The Yellow Jackets went back
ahead and a Logan Wolfrum jumper pushed the Defiance lead to 26-21 with 5:17 on the clock.
The Yellow Jackets maintained the lead over the remainder of the half before an Anthony Brown three-pointer in the left corner as time expired put Defiance up 34-28 at the break.
A Farley layup made it a one possession game, 36-34, before the Yellow Jackets responded
by going on a 6-0 run, capped with a Hicks jumper that put them up 42-34 with 14:47
left in regulation.
A Josh Johnson (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) free throw cut the deficit to five points as Bluffton trailed
42-37 at the 13:27 mark. Defiance slowly pulled ahead with their biggest lead of the
night when a Wolfrum jumper pushed the advantage to 50-40 with 8:33 left to play.
The Beavers picked up the pace as they whittled away at the lead. Two Kinn free throws
pulled Bluffton within four with just over five minutes left in regulation.
Two Hill free throws made it 56-55 with three and a half minutes left. A Farley foul
shot tied the game at 56-56 with 1:20 left. Both defenses were up to the task as neither
team managed a bucket in the last minute of the game.
The teams started slowly in overtime as neither squad scored until the 3:46 mark when
the Yellow Jackets took the lead. Bluffton responded on the next possession with a
Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) layup. Defiance put together a chip shot from Hicks and
a Kevin Tietje free throw for a three-point lead with just over two minutes left to play.
Bluffton pulled ahead by one thanks to a Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) steal and layup with just 1:23 left. The Yellow Jackets responded
with a deuce of their own. Bluffton was unable to answer and the home team was forced
to foul as Defiance claimed the 66-62 victory.
The Beaver scoring was evenly distributed as they had four players in double digits.
Leading the team in the scoring column was Hill with 15, going 10-of-10 from the charity
stripe while pulling down a career-high seven rebounds. Dustin Kinn added 13 off the
bench. Farley chipped in with his 7th double-double, dropping in 12 points while pulling
down 12 rebounds and swatting away five shots. Fisher added 10 markers for the Beavers.
Bluffton struggled from the field as they converted only 19-of-53 (35.8 percent),
including 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from behind the arc. The Beavers knocked down 23-of-31
(74.2 percent) at the stripe.
The Defiance offense was led by Wolfrum who dropped in 22 points and dished out four
assists on 10-of-23 shooting. Brandon Campbell added 12 for the Yellow Jackets. Hicks chipped in 11 and pulled down nine boards
for Defiance. The Yellow Jackets hit 29-of-70 (41.4 percent), but struggled from behind
the arc, connecting on 1-of-13 attempts (7.7 percent).
The Bluffton University men's basketball team will travel to Earlham College for its
last regular season game on Saturday, February 19. The contest is scheduled to begin
at 3 p.m. A Bluffton win would likely propel the Beavers into the six-team Heartland
Conference tournament next week.