Quakers upset 20th ranked Otterbein 82-77
Quakers snap 11-game series losing streak
December 8, 2004
Ohio – The
Wilmington College Quakers snapped an 11-game, 53-year losing
streak to Otterbein College with an
82-77 upset victory in Wilmington on Wednesday evening. Eric Stirling
(Brooklyn, NY/LaSalle Academy) led the Quakers with a game-high
22 points in the win.
The Quakers never trailed in the game, as the Green and White
jumped out to a 10-2 lead over the first five minutes of the game.
The first half lead grew to as many as 15 with 4:12 left in the
first half before the visiting Cardinals went on an 11-3 run, cutting
the deficit to seven at 34-27 heading into the halftime break.
The Quakers came out firing in the second half, increasing the
lead to 18 points with 11:25 to play in the game before the Cardinals
started clawing their way back. Otterbein opened an 8-0 run with
3:15 left in the game, cutting the deficit to six, but were only
able to get as close as five in the five-point win.
Stirling led the way with 22 points as David Guy (Webb City, MO/Webb
City) scored 18 points and Deon Short (Cincinnati/Mt. Healthy)
added 12 in the victory. Short and Josh Rohrbacher (Columbus/Beechcroft)
each pulled down seven rebounds to pace the squad as Stirling had
five assists and four steals, both team highs.
four players in double figures, led by Mark Church’s
18 points while Scott Hadley scored 16 and Tony Borghese and Ross
Banaszak each scored 13. Hadley recorded 11 rebounds for a double-double
as Borghese and Banaszak each had a trio of assists.
With the win the Quakers improve to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the
OAC while Otterbein falls to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in league action.
The next game for the Green and White is on Saturday, December
11 as the team travels to Tiffin, Ohio to face off against the
Student Princes of Heidelberg College with tip-off set for 3:00