Baker mens basketball team to face rival Ottawa
OTTAWA – The Baker University men’s basketball team picked up its second win of the season on Saturday with a 71-66 victory over the University of St. Mary on the campus of Ottawa University in day one of the KCAC/HAAC Classic.
Members of the two conferences will face off this weekend in a non-conference showdown. The Wildcats will take on host Ottawa at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Baker improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Spires fell to 2-2. The Wildcats had three players score in double figures including a game high 17 from senior leader Ben Steinlage.
Corey Anderson and Chris Lockhart each poured in 15 points and the Wildcats shot 21-of-29 from the free-throw line, with Steinlage knocking down 10-of-11.
Baker entered halftime up, 36-28, and despite USM outscoring Baker, 38-35 in the second half, Baker never gave up its halftime lead.
Jeb Greenberg had a big game for St. Mary with a game high 16 rebounds and 16 points and Kevin Harvey had a game high 20.
The Spires did out rebound Baker, 44-32, but turned the ball over 25 times compared to 17 for Baker.
“Today was a great team win,” said coach Sean Dooley. “We got contributions from a lot of guys and we had a few guys off the bench that really stepped up for us in the second half. Again, I thought our effort on the defensive end was good.”
Julian Mills led the way in assists with four and had a big block late in the second half that stopped what looked to be a fast break layup, but the quick point guard went up and blocked the shot and Steinlage came down with the board.