Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

Ward’s hot start leads BU to basketball win

November 11, 2004

Junior David Ward of Paola had a monster start on Tuesday, scoring 20 points as Baker University defeated Bethany College 72-57 in the Collins Center.

Less than 11 minutes into the game, Ward had already racked up 20 points as Baker held a 28-14 lead. He didn't miss a shot during that span, which included six three-pointers.

Baker held a 41-28 lead at halftime and increased the margin to 60-36 midway through the second half. The Swedes responded with a 17-1 run, but the Wildcats never let the margin get closer than eight points.

Ward finished as the Cats leading scorer with his 20 points. Sophomore DJ Watkins added 14 points with a perfect seven-for-seven night at the free throw line. Senior Josh Flett of Wellsville had a game-high 11 rebounds.

The win was the 290th victory of Rick Weaver's tenure at Baker.

The Cats rallied in the second half to defeat the University of St. Mary's 77-69 on Saturday at the St. Mary's Classic in Leavenworth, Kan.

Flett scored 11 of his 21 points at the free throw line during the physical game. Watkins added 14 points and seven rebounds.

After four games, Baker is outscoring its opponents by more than 10 points per game on average. Three Wildcats, Flett, Ward and Watkins, are averaging more than 10 points per game. Baker's shooting has been sizzling, with the Cats making over half of their shots both on field goals and three-point attempts.

The Wildcats will play in the Ottawa Classic Friday and Saturday in Ottawa. The Baker men will not play at home again until Nov. 30.

Bethany vs. Baker

Bethany (1-1, 0-0)

Abdullah Karimi 2-10 2-3 7, Ben Zuker 2-5 0-0 4, Mike Melcher 0-2 0-0 0, Nick Burgess 0-1 3-4 3, Logan McAllister 2-6 3-4 7, Ronny Mitchell 9-17 0-0 20, Thad Pera 1-2 2-4 4, Darren Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Trevor Voss 4-8 3-3 12, Sam Jackson 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 13-18 57

Baker (3-1, 0-0)

Aaron Toren 0-0 0-0 0, Evan Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Woolery 0-0 0-0 0, Andy Hannon 1-2 0-2 2, DJ Watkins 3-8 7-7 14, Tyler Scifers 1-2 0-0 2, Marc Roberts 2-2 5-7 9, David Tregemba 1-1 0-0 2, David Ward 7-8 0-0 20, Matt Mills 1-2 1-2 3, Darin Redeker 2-7 0-0 5, Ross Thompson 4-5 0-0 8, Josh Flett 2-5 3-3 7. Totals 24-42 16-21 72

1st 2nd TOTAL

Bethany 28 29 57

Baker 41 31 72

FG%: Bethany .345, Baker .571. 3-pt FG:Bethany 4-20 (Karimi 1-6, Zuker 0-2, Melcher 0-1, McAllister 0-2, Mitchell 2-3, Anderson 0-1, Voss 1-4, Jackson 0-1), Baker 8-13 (Watkins 1-3, Ward 6-6, Redeker 1-4). Rebounds: Bethany 23 (Karimi 3, Zuker 3, McAllister 3, Voss 3, Jackson 3), Baker 30 (Flett 11). Fouls Bethany 18, Baker 18. Fouled out: Flett . Technical: none. Assists: Bethany 11 (Karimi 2, Mitchell 2, Jackson 2), Baker 15 (Scifers 6). Blocked shots: Bethany 1 (Jackson 1), Baker 1 (Thompson 1). Turnovers: Bethany 23, Baker 28. Attendance: 285.

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