Baker men edge arch-rival Cards; women fall short
There were lots of fun and games in the stands for Baker University's return to play for the semester with the students back in the stands Saturday night. But the real game was on the floor where the Baker men slugged it out with arch-rival William Jewell and survived a 3-point shot at the buzzer to capture a 60-57 win.
The Baker women didn't have the same luck and fell by 15 points, 66-51, to the William Jewell Cardinals. Neither team fared well Monday on the road at Lindenwood. The men lost 72-64 and the women came close, but lost 67-62.
In Saturday's feature game, with students and fans back in full force and taking advantage of free drawings and other games, the Baker men basically held on. The Wildcats were up 32-29 at halftime and matched buckets with the Cards in the second half to claim the three-point win. But, it wasn't decided until Jewell's last second 3-pointer missed the mark.
Aaron Schwerman and Scott Johnson led the Baker attack. Schwerman had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead both categories. Johnson was right behind with 12 points and also had four assists before fouling out. Pedro Dos Santos blocked eight Cardinal shots and Lee Driver had five steals to help the Wildcats.
For the game, BU shot 40 percent from the floor, 28 percent from the 3-point line and 61 percent from the free throw line. Jewell countered with 32 percent shooting from the floor and 30 percent and 69 percent from the lines.
The victory moved BU's record to 9-15 overall and 5-9 in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. Jewell's records dipped to 13-9 and 8-4. Monday's loss put Baker's records at 9-16 and 5-10.
In the women's game Saturday, Baker only trailed by one at halftime, 27-26. But, Jewell used a 39-25 advantage in the second half to take the 15-point win.
Triece Baker had yet another big night for the Wildcats, scoring 14 points. Baker has become the all-time leading scorer for the Wildcat women. Keri Zimmerman topped the rebounding with five.
Along with Monday's loss, the Baker women now stand 9-16 overall and 3-11 in HAAC play.
Next action for both teams is Saturday at home against Missouri Valley. Game times are 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men in Collins Gym.