Baldwin Wallace upsets Marietta College on buzzer beater

Marietta College’s Dillon Young (1) makes a move with the ball during a college men’s basketball game against Baldwin Wallace Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel.

Marietta College’s Dillon Young (1) makes a move with the ball during a college men’s basketball game against Baldwin Wallace Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel.

MARIETTA — Marietta College had the game all but won.

But with time running out, sophomore Michael Quiring banked home a long, buzzer-beating three to give Baldwin Wallace Univeristy a dramatic 73-72 triumph over the nationally-ranked Pioneers in an Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

“The ball got tipped by one of the (MC) defenders and I caught it,” said Quiring, who was mobbed by his Yellow Jacket teammates after the make. “I knew I didn’t have that much time, so I kind of threw it up there and God answered my prayers.”

The 5-foot-9 Quiring, the only cager on BW (4-1 overall, 1-0 OAC) under six foot, finished with a career-high 25 points, including three triples. Cam Kuhn added 12 markers, while Jay Battle had 10. Jake Fetherolf grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

With 4.2 seconds left in the contest and the score tied at 70-all, Quiring fouled MC senior Dylan Young, who calmly converted a pair of freebies to give the Pioneers a two-point advantage.

“It just shows that you can’t dwell on the last play,” Quiring said. “I knew I made a mistake there (fouling Young), and I knew I had to bounce back. As soon as I got the ball, I did what I’ve been practicing all my life. It ended up working out.”

Marietta, No. 6-ranked in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll before the tip-off, suffered its first setback of the season. The Pioneers are now 5-1 and 1-1 in conference play.

“Sports are so rewarding and so cruel at the same time, right,” said 11th-year MC boss Jon VanderWal. “Like those guys (Yellow Jackets) are on cloud nine, feeling like they’re on top of the world right now.

“My guys are about as far down in the dumps as you can be, because (BW) banked in a 30-footer. I mean, how fair is that? But that’s what’s crazy about sports. Those things happen.”

Avery Williams paced the Pioneers with 17 points. Anthony Wallace and DeVaughn Wingard added 15 apiece, while Young netted 11.

“We didn’t play a great game,” VanderWal said. “And we put ourselves in that situation.

“But I thought our kids made the right plays down the stretch to give ourselves a chance to win it. It was just an unfortunate play (Quiring’s three) for us.”

Marietta got off to a slow start, trailing BW 28-19 at one point. But the Pioneers, sparked by Wallace’s 11-first half points, rallied late and regained the advantage, 33-32, on Wingard’s baseline runner.

At the intermission, MC led 38-35, despite not making one three-pointer.

“BW does a great job of defending the three-point line to try to take that away,” VanderWal said. “At halftime, we talked about being a little bit more ready on some stuff defensively. And, offensively, we had to start moving the ball. We weren’t sharing the ball very well. We had too many guys trying to do too many things.”

At the start of the second half, Kyle Dixon knocked down two consective treys, Marietta’s first of the contest, to help stretch the home team’s lead to nine, 44-35.

“After that, we didn’t run our offense very well,” VanderWal said. “And, that really hurt us tonight.”

The Pioneers were also unable to shake the Yellow Jackets, who took the lead, 58-56, on Quiring’s four-point play (three plus a bonus freebie) at the 9:02 mark.

Marietta came back, though, and regained the advantage, 61-58, on Wingard’s triple.

With under a minute to play, Williams scored off an assist from Young. But the Yellow Jackets got two clutch freebies from Battle to knot the score at 70-70.

Down the stretch, BW missed the front end of two one-on-ones, while MC was called for charging twice. In the contest, there were seven ties, four after the break, and four lead changes with three of them in the second half.

“We all played well,” Quiring said. “I’m happy we got the win, and now it’s on to the next one.”

Said VanderWal, “This is a blip on the radar, and we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get ready for a game on Monday.”

Marietta is scheduled to play at LaRoche at 7 p.m. Monday.

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