Baker men win in tourney first round
There was a true sports odyssey Monday night in Baker University's 83-74 victory over Graceland. When the Graceland team arrived in Baldwin, it was discovered the Iowa team's uniforms didn't make the trip.
What resulted was a semi-scrimmage between two Baker teams as Graceland donned the Wildcat's road uniforms to play out the season. The loss ended Graceland's season while Baker advanced to the next round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament. BU will travel to William Jewell Wednesday.
In Monday's game, Baker built a 45-36 halftime lead and held off Graceland for the victory.
Aaron Schwerman led BU with 25 points before fouling out. Pedro Dos Santos was closed behind with 19 points and Lee Driver added 10. Driver had nine rebounds, Schwerman eight and Dos Santos five. Brandon McDonnell had eight assists.
BU shot 48 percent from the floor, 41 percent from the 3-point line and 71 percent from the free throw line. Graceland countered with 38 percent shooting from the field and 65 percent from the line.
The victory improved Baker's record to 13-18 overall. The Wildcats finished tied for fifth in the HAAC regular season with an 8-12 record.
Schwerman ended the regular season as the lone Wildcat averaging double-digit scoring with 19 points per game. He also was the top rebounded with 6.3 board per outing. He was named to the first team of the HAAC all-conference squad.
Baker women open
The Baker University women ended the regular season in fourth place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with a 13-7 record.
The Wildcats will play host to Missouri Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Collins Center to open the HAAC post-season tournament. Evangel won the league title with a 19-1 record, followed by William Jewell (15-5) and MidAmerica Nazarene (14-6).
Baker had a pair of players average double-digit scoring during the season. Gayla Brown led the way with 14.6 points per game and Angie Miller was close behind with 10.8 points per outing. Brown was also the leading rebounder, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. She was a first-team All-HAAC selection.