MARIETTA - The Marietta College men's basketball team seemingly has been dealing with adversity every since the opening tip-off of the season.
The Pioneers were once again dealt a tough blow in Wednesday night's Ohio Athletic Conference matchup against Capital, and once again the Pioneers found a way to overcome as they scored an 82-72 victory over the Crusaders.
MC guard Andy Dollman looked unstoppable in the games first 16 minutes as the junior scorched the Capital defense for 10 points before suffering what appeared to be a serious elbow injury late in the first half.
"It was pretty disheartening because Andy has been playing so well," said Pioneer head coach Jon VanderWal of the potential loss of his second point guard of the season. "Capital had no answer for him early on."
With the game tied at 34 and just 4 minutes left in the half, Dollman reached in to try and strip a Crusader of the basketball and immediately grabbed his elbow and left the court in what appeared to be an extreme amount of pain.
A.J. Davis scored back-to-back buckets for Marietta late in the half before Curt Geise drained a triple to give Capital a 40-38 lead.
The Pioneers regained the lead just before the buzzer sounded when Brennan McKee connected from long range with an assist from RaNeal Ewing to send MC to the intermission clinging to a 41-40 lead.
With Dollman lost for the game, VanderWal turned to 5-foot-8 Keith Richardson to run the point and the freshman delivered in a big way to open the second half.
Richardson got things started with a free throw and then found an open Andy Stegman under the basket to give the Pio's a 44-40 lead.
After a Tyrel Jackson 3-pointer closed the lead to two, Ewing drove strong to the hole and Richardson followed with a pair of drives, one resulting in a basket and the second in a pair of free throws which pushed the Pioneer lead to 52-44.
The Pioneers struggled to open some daylight between them and the Crusaders but finally a Luis Garcia 3-ball and an A.J. Ireland score made it a nine-point game with 10 minutes to play.
Capital closed the lead back to six with 6 minutes to play on a pair of free throws by Geise and an inside score from Ben Jackson, but the Pioneers took care of business at the charity stripe to stifle any thoughts of a Crusader come back.
Davis led a very balanced scoring attack for the Pio's with 13 points, while Ewing finished with 11.
Dollman and McKean reached double figures with 10 points apiece, while Richardson contributed five assists and nine points.
Andrew Bolka, Geise and Charles English each finished with 13 points for Capital (7-9, 4-5 OAC) which played without leading scorer A.J. Dixon, who didn't make the trip to Marietta for undisclosed reasons.
The Pioneers, who improved to 12-4 on the season and 7-2 in the OAC, will travel Saturday to Wilmington.
Bowling Green 58, Ohio 56
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Spencer Parker scored 16 points and Jehvon Clarke had 15 as Bowling Green beat Ohio 58-56 on Wednesday.
Clarke made the final two baskets for Bowling Green - the last to push the lead to five points with 1:31 left. T.J. Hall answered with a 3-pointer to make it a one possession game with 1:07 left. Clarke missed the first free throw of a 1-and-1 with 18 seconds left, giving Ohio one last shot. But Nick Kellogg's 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the front rim.
It was Bowling Green's first victory at Ohio since Jan. 24, 2009.
Richaun Holmes added 12 points for Bowling Green (9-9, 3-2 Mid-American Conference).
Hall had 15 points for Ohio (13-5, 3-2). Maurice Ndour added 12 and eight rebounds and Kellogg finished with 10. The Bobcats had a better shooting percentage and outrebounded BGSU, but were outdone by 18 turnovers against Bowling Green's zone defense.
No. 18 West Virginia 70, Texas Tech 51
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Asya Bussie scored 19 points and Taylor Palmer added 17 as No. 18 West Virginia handed Texas Tech its second straight loss against a ranked opponent, 70-51 on Wednesday.
Bussie made 11 of 13 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds for West Virginia (17-2, 6-1 Big 12). Palmer came off the bench to hit 4 of 7 shots from beyond the arc. Christal Caldwell chipped in 10 points, which put her over the 1,000 point mark for her career.
It was the start of a two-game Texas road trip for the Mountaineers, who are now 7-0 away from home this season.
Amber Battle scored 19 points for Texas Tech (6-12, 0-7).
It was the second of four consecutive Top 25 games for Texas Tech.
Capital 74, Marietta College 72
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A pair of steals from Jamie Caton on consecutive Marietta College possessions in the final 21 seconds enabled Capital to defeat Marietta Colege 74-72 on Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 69, Caton stole the inbounbds pass and was fouled. After knocking down both free throws, she forced the Pioneers into another turnover. Caton knocked down two free throws to extend the Capital lead to 73-69 with 13 seconds showing.
Tori Dixon's 3-pointer with four seconds left cut the Capital lead to 73-72. Jenna Erwin, who scored a game-high 25 points, made the first of two free throws with one tick left on the clock and helped Capital improve to 9-6 and 6-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Candice Alexander led Marietta College (8-8, 2-7 OAC) with 19 points, while Jessica Brogan and Heather Boothe pitched in 14 and 12 points, respectively.