BC shuts down Denison 78-69

December 8, 1999


Bluffton College controlled the boards, hit a few big three point baskets and played excellent defense down the stretch Wednesday night in Granville as the Beavers took a 78-69 win over Denison University.

BC (4-3) went on a 9-0 run late in the first half to forge a 39-34 half time advantage over the Big Red (2-5). Darnell Parker scored the first five points in that run, first on a fast break layup from Chad Cramer, then all alone on a three point hoop. Ben Coole then scored two more fast break layups, both off assists from Chris Sheldon, before Cramer ended the spurt with a trey himself.

BC had 15 fast break points in the first half, while Denison had just three. Cramer grabbed seven rebounds in the first half alone as BC outrebounded the hosts 20-7 in the first 20 minutes of play.

Field goals by Coole, Parker and Justin Julian kept BC ahead early in the first half, before Jeremy Roberts, Rod Overmyer and Cramer took over on the offensive end of the court to finish the Big Red off for good. The trio scored BC's last 25 points of the game, a span that covered the final 12 minutes of play.

Bluffton never trailed in the second half, although Denison kept the game close and tied the score at 63 with 4:32 left in the game.

Overmyer hit a 15 footer with 10:07 remaining to put BC up 54-51, then Cramer canned a trey to put BC up 57-54. Overmyer then dialed long distance with 6:49 remaining to give the Beavers a 60-55 lead.

A 10 footer by Overmyer and two nifty inside shots by Roberts but BC up 68-64 with 2:19 to go, when Travis Elsass grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Cramer who nailed a trey to put BC up 71-64 with 1:04 to go while Overmyer was fouled underneath the hoop as the ball swooshed through. He made both ends of the 1 and 1 to give Bluffton a 73-67 advantage.

Bluffton then played keep away from the Big Red and free throws by Roberts and Cramer in the closing seconds sealed the nine point win for the Beavers.

Roberts scored a game high 19 points and had eight rebounds. Other scorers will be announced when the box score from Denison arrives Thursday morning.