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Men's Basketball Falls to No. 6 Marietta

Jake Snyder (Photo Courtesy of Brittany Webb '23)
Jake Snyder (Photo Courtesy of Brittany Webb '23)

By: Athletic Communications Student Intern Andrew Zimmerman '22

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets men's basketball team fell to the No. 6 nationally ranked Marietta College in an Ohio Athletic Conference game by a final score of 94-82 in the Ban Johnson Arena.

BW (11-6, 6-4 OAC) were led by junior All-OAC guard Anthony Mazzeo (North Canton/Massillon Jackson) with 27 points and a team-high five rebounds. Junior guard Jake Snyder (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) added 17 points and four assists.

Marietta (16-2, 11-0 OAC) were led by senior All-OAC guard Mason Lydic with 23 points. Senior All-OAC guard Lukas Isaly and junior forward Sahmi Willoughby each had 16 points. Senior All-OAC guard Jason Ellis added 13 points and senior All-OAC forward Tim Kreeger contributed 10 points.

The first half was headlined by back-and-forth action by both teams. Snyder scored the first points of the game off a three-point shot on the first possession for the Yellow Jackets. The Pioneers then continued to build small leads throughout the first half. A layup by sophomore guard Luke Driscoll (Carmel, Calif./Stevenson School) put BW ahead 22-21 with 10 minutes left in the half, but Marietta regained the lead shortly after that basket. The Pioneers maintained more small leads throughout the half and entered the half with a 45-40 lead.

The second half started with another Snyder three-point shot to start the half and closed the Pioneer lead to two points. However, the Yellow Jackets could not pull ahead in the second half. The Pioneers held the lead the entire half, but the Yellow Jackets were able to cut into the Marietta lead was by another Snyder three-point shot that put BW behind 60-56. The Pioneers went on a 7-0 run and continued to build their lead. Marietta hit some late free throws to take a 94-82 victory.

The Yellow Jackets' next contest will be Wednesday February 2nd as they host OAC opponent the University of Mount Union in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center at 7 p.m.