Anderson University 69, Bluffton University 67
Anderson defeats Bluffton on the road
By Ben Risinger, sports information director
February 12, 2005
ANDERSON, Ind. - The Bluffton University men's basketball team (12-11, 5-7 HCAC) was defeated 69-67 by Anderson University (10-13, 3-9 HCAC) in Heartland Conference action on Feb. 12.
Sophomore Michael Anthony (Ohio City/Delphos St. John's) led Bluffton with 15 points and seven rebounds for the game. Junior Scott Bergman (Elmore/Woodmore) posted 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior Eric Sweet (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) rounded off the double figure scoring with 11 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Eric Schwieterman (St. Henry/St. Henry) dished out seven assists for the afternoon.
The Ravens led the contest for most of the first period as Bluffton came alive with six minutes left before halftime. With six minutes left the Beavers found themselves down nine points (24-15) only to crush Anderson's lead with great play by both Sweet and Anthony. In the final stretch leading into halftime the two combined for 14 points (seven points each) to tie the game at 34 all.
Anderson led by nine points in the second half as Bluffton came back to tie the game (60-60) with five minutes left to play. Both teams took the contest down the stretch as Anderson led by two points (69-67) with 18 seconds left. The Beavers then took a quick timeout and put the ball in bounds only to miss three chances and give Anderson the win in the final seconds.
The Ravens shot 47 percent (27-of-57) for the game to Bluffton's 42 percent (27-of-63). The Beavers out-rebounded Anderson as they pulled down 38 rebounds to the Ravens 34.
Bluffton University will be back at home on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when they host rival Defiance College. Tip off for the contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.