BEREA, Ohio -- Baldwin Wallace pulled away late to deal the Trine men's basketball team a 77-67 defeat in non-conference action Saturday evening at Ursprung Gymnasium.
The Yellow Jackets closed the game on an 11-3 run to pull away after the Thunder had cut its deficit to two with 4:07 to play. Jake Fetherolf paced three Baldwin Wallace players in double figures with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Myles Copeland (Toledo, Ohio / St. John's) came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points on an efficient 9-of-13 shooting clip to lead Trine. The Thunder fell to 3-2 overall. The Yellow Jackets remained unbeaten at 4-0.
Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Zionsville) became the 18th player in team history to surpass the 1,400-point milestone in his career for the Thunder. The senior scored 18 points and dished out a career-high seven assists in the effort. Trine held a 28-20 scoring edge in the paint and shot 45 percent (29-of-65) from the field.
Cam Kuhn added 11 points for Baldwin Wallace, while Michael Quiring came off the bench to chip in 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. The Yellow Jackets shot 45 percent (26-of-58) from the field and out-rebounded the Thunder by a 39-31 margin.
Dixon scored eight of Trine's first 13 points to surpass the 1,400-point plateau as the game remained tight early. BW led by as much as seven in the first half before the Thunder closed on an 11-3 run over the final 2:50 to take a halftime lead. Seven points from Copeland and four by Dixon, including a pull-up jumper as time expired, gave Trine a 34-33 lead at the break.
Threes by Zach Brandy and Fetherolf gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good in the early stages of the second half. BW's lead would get no larger than seven however, as 15 second half points from Copeland helped the Thunder keep pace. A jumper by Dixon cut the score to 66-64, but that was as close as Trine would get late.
Two threes by Quiring and a three by Brandy keyed Baldwin Wallace's scoring in the deciding run. The Yellow Jackets scored 11-straight over a span of 3:51 before a Copeland three accounted for the final margin.
Trine concludes a stretch of three straight road games Wednesday, Nov. 30 when the Thunder travel to Heidelberg. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.