Allied News staff
The Grove City College men’s basketball team led from start to finish on Saturday night and beat Thomas More, 78-61, for the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship in Grove City.
GCC (19-8) was the top seed in the PAC tournament while TMC was No. 2. The win was the 7th in school history for the Wolverines and the fourth under current head coach Steve Lamie (1999, 2003 and 2007).
With the win, the Wolverines earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will open play Friday night at the College of Wooster versus the hosts.
Wooster (23-5) defeated Wittenberg this past weekend to take the North Coast Athletic Conference title.
In the game versus Thomas More, the GCC defense held the Saints to just 20 points in the first half. Thomas More came into the game leading the PAC in scoring with 85.8 ppg.
GCC led by as many as 16 points (20-4) en route to a 31-20 halftime advantage. TMC slowly chipped away at the lead in the 2nd half and got as close as 44-39 with 12:44 to play, but GCC went on a 17-4 run to put the game away.
Luke Tomaselli fired in 19 points to lead GCC while Brett Matson added 16 markers. Also, Joe McCoy bucketed 13 and Andy O’Keefe added 12 points.
Daniel McKeehan fired in a game-high 22 points to lead Thomas More while Eddie Brown registered 10 off the bench.
The trip to the tournament is GCC’s since 1989. The winner of the Wolverines-Wooster tilt will play the victor of another opening round game that will be played prior to Grove City’s between Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-5) and Defiance (23-5).
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