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Men’s Basketball Falls to Mount Union

Shane Zalba (Photo Courtesy of Brittany Webb '23)
Shane Zalba (Photo Courtesy of Brittany Webb '23)

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team fell to the University of Mount Union in an Ohio Athletic Conference game by a final score of 94-71 in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. 

BW (11-7, 6-5) was led by junior All-OAC guard Anthony Mazzeo (North Canton/Massillon Jackson) who had 16 points. Senior guard Shane Zalba (Mentor) added 13 points.

Mount Union (17-2, 10-2 OAC) was led by sophomore forward Christian Parker who had 27 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Chris Painter added 18 points. Senior All-OAC forward Braedon Poole contributed 15 points and senior All-OAC guard Ethan Stanislawski scored 14 points.

The first half featured a lot of scoring action as the Purple Raiders got out to an early 5-0 lead. However, the Yellow Jackets kept the game close as the teams' traded shots. Mount Union continued to pull away as they continued to knock down shots throughout the half. The defense from both teams stepped up as the teams went on a scoring drought that ended with a layup from Zalba. The teams continued to trade shots and Mount got out to a 28 point lead. BW ended the half with a last second steal from sophomore All-OAC guard Drew Wennes (Huron) and layup by junior guard Jake Snyder (Akron/Archbishop Hoban).

The Yellow Jackets came out of the half with the first basketball as sophomore forward Christian Pfeiffer (Amherst) got a layup to go. BW continued to battle as it got the Purple Raiders lead down to 20. Mount Union was able to battle back and get their lead back. The teams traded baskets throughout the half with not much movement in the lead. However, the Yellow Jackets won the half as they cut the Purple Raiders lead down to 23. 

BW returns to the court on Saturday, February 5th when it hosts the second game of an Ohio Athletic Conference men's and women's doubleheader against Otterbein University at 4 p.m. in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.