BU wins pair in Classic play
Baker University's Wildcats swept a pair of games in the Baker Classic over the weekend, moving their record to 4-3 on the young season.
In Friday's opener, BU bounced Haskell Indian Nations University by 37 points, 88-51, and followed that with a 74-71 victory over Ottawa University Saturday. In other games in the Classic, MidAmerica Nazarene downed Ottawa 83-82 Friday with a pair of last-second free throws and then drilled Haskell Saturday 119-59.
Baker opened a 42-36 halftime lead against Ottawa and held on for the victory. BU shot 49 percent from the floor, to Ottawa's 36 percent. That included an eight of 22 night from the 3-point line, compared to Ottawa's five of 20. Ottawa was 20 of 29 from the free throw line, compared to BU's 14 of 20.
Aaron Schwerman, a 6-foot-7 junior from Beloit, led the way for the Wildcats with 23 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Ivica Simac, a 6-5 sophomore from Croatia, had 10 points and Scott Johnson, a 6-1 sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., had six assists.
Ottawa was led by Ricky Bulmer's 19 points and 18 from Tony Porter. The loss dropped the Braves' record to 2-3 on the year.
In Friday's game against Haskell, it was lights out for the Wildcats. Baker amassed a 42-12 halftime lead and coasted from there. The Wildcats shot 55 percent from the floor compared to Haskell's dreadful 26 percent.
Baker had a balanced scoring attack, too, as everyone saw plenty of playing time in the blow-out win. Schwerman again led the way with 12 points. Todd Heitshusen, a 6-1 sophomore from Lawrence, also was in double figures with 10 points and Brett Woolery, a 6-0 sophomore from Princeton, and Simac both had nine.
Pedro Do Santos, a 6-8 freshman from Goiania, Brazil, had a big night on the boards with 10 rebounds. He also blocked three shots. Luke Harris, a 6-4 freshman from Dodge City, also chipped in with nine rebounds as Baker enjoyed a 50-28 advantage on the boards. Brandon McDonnell, a 5-10 freshman from Topeka, had eight assists and Johnson chipped in with five.
Haskell was led by Jason Smith's 18 points on a six of 21 shooting night, including three of 11 from the 3-point line. Haskell's record fell to 0-7 with the loss.
Baker traveled to Fort Hays State University for a game tonight. The Wildcats will also be in action over the Thanksgiving break, playing in the Nebraska Wesleyan Classic Friday and Saturday. Next home action for BU is Dec. 2 against MidAmerica. Game time at the Collins Center is 8 p.m.