Baldwin-Wallace tops No. 4 Marietta
Krakowiak tallies season-high 17 points to lead Yellow Jackets
BEREA, OHIO -- Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak scored a season-high 17 points as Baldwin-Wallace upset fourth-ranked Marietta 93-74 on Saturday in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium at the Lou Higgins Center. The 93 points scored by the Yellow Jackets were the most of the season and the most since the 2009-10 season when B-W scored 96 on two occasions.
With the victory, the Yellow Jackets won their third consecutive game and improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the OAC. With the loss, the Pioneers drop their first game of the season and fall to 4-1 and 0-1 in the OAC.
In addition to Krakowiak, sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst scored a season-best 16 points, junior forward Chris Ameen tallied 11 points, sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne contributed 10 points and grabbed a game-high five rebounds and sophomore post Aaron Selmek added 10 points. The Pioneers were led by Kevin Knab with a game-high 27 points.
B-W netted the first points of the game when Payne scored a layup on a fast break at the 18:04 mark of the first half. Marietta responded with a jumper from Jason Humphrey to tie the game, 2-2.
The two teams battled back and forth in the early stages of the contest until the Yellow Jackets went on a 13-3 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Fairhurst , to take a 22-9 advantage with 10:03 to go in the first half.
B-W extended its lead to as many as 17 points when senior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil stroked a jumper at 6:42 to give B-W a 35-18 advantage.
The Pioneers closed the half by cutting the Yellow Jacket lead down to 10 points at 43-33 after Knab scored on a layup as time expired in the first half.
In the second half, Marietta cut the B-W lead to down to as few as five points, 44-39, on a three-pointer from Tyler Worstell at the 17:54 mark. Krakowiak would answer with a three of his own to extend the Yellow Jacket lead back to eight, 47-39, at the 17:37 mark.
After the Krakowiak score, the Yellow Jackets would extend their lead to as many as 23 points to secure the 19-point victory.