2.23.12 | Men's Basketball
Baker set for road test against Benedictine Thursday evening
ATCHISON, Kan. – Securing third place overall in the Heart of America Athletic Conference has never been more important for the Baker University men’s basketball team.
Because of the host agreement between the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the NAIA, the top three teams in the HAAC are assured of bids to the 2012 NAIA National Championships set to be held Mar. 14-20 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Baker (18-9, 11-5 HAAC) currently owns sole possession of third place over Graceland University, Avila University, and Benedictine College by two games. All three teams currently own 9-7 conference records.
2.18.12 | Men's Basketball
Second half shooting dooms Baker in 72-60 loss to Graceland
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team dropped a key game in the HAAC race on Saturday afternoon, falling 72-60 to Graceland University.
Ben Steinlage finished as the only Wildcat in double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds. Joe Wachter and Jordan Honore each added eight points, while Kevin Lysaught and Todd Johnston each chipped in with seven.
Baker (18-9, 11-5 HAAC) only shot 11-for-32 from the field (34 percent) and 2-for-10 (20 percent) from beyond the arc in the second half. Overall, Baker finished the contest 22-for-60 (37 percent) from the field and 7-for-20 (35 percent) from 3-point land.
2.16.12 | Men's Basketball
Baker men grab marquee HAAC victory over No. 21 MidAmerica Nazarene
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the second consecutive season, the Baker University men’s basketball team knocked off No. 21 MidAmerica Nazarene on its home floor as the Wildcats out toughed the Pioneers 71-67 on Thursday evening.
Ben Steinlage, coming off a career-high against Culver-Stockon last weekend, didn’t disappoint, scoring a game-high 18 points while shooting 7-for-11 from the floor. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to record back-to-back double-doubles.
2.13.12 | Men's Basketball
Steinlage named HAAC Player of the Week
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Junior forward Ben Steinlage from Baker was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday morning.
A pair of nearly flawless performances last week landed Steinlage his first career Player of the Week award as well as the first for his team this season. A native of Corning, Kan., Steinlage averaged 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and shot an incredible 81.8 percent from the field.
2.9.12 | Men's Basketball
Three Wildcats score in double figures as Baker runs past Peru State, 91-71
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – A 19-5 run to open the game over the first seven minutes was all Baker needed to down Peru State College, 91-71 on Thursday evening.
In a game that was riddled with fouls, (46 total fouls) the Baker men made sure the final outcome was never in doubt. Corey Anderson and Ben Steinlage each scored a team-high 17 points, while Todd Eils added 15 to help Baker improve to 9-4 in the HAAC.
Baker finished the contest 31-for-52 (59 percent) from the field and 9-for-19 (47 percent) from beyond the arc.
1.28.12 | Men's Basketball
Baker survives scare in 60-58 victory over Missouri Valley
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker matched its longest winning streak of the season on Saturday afternoon, knocking off Missouri Valley College, 60-58 for their fourth-consecutive victory.
Corey Anderson led all Baker scorers with 14 points, while shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and 4-for-5 from the field. Ben Steinlage rounded out the Baker offense as the only other player in double figures with 10 points.
In a game that saw eight lead changes, Baker came through when it mattered most.
1.27.12 | Men's Basketball
Ballard’s Ballers: Baker continues to rise in HAAC standings
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Defensive pressure is something Baker prides itself on each and every game. Statistically, it shows.
The Wildcats enter Saturday’s contest with Missouri Valley College ranked sixth nationally with a field goal defense of 39 percent and ninth nationally with 29 defensive rebounds per game. Not to mention a rebound margin of +6.8, good enough for 15th nationally.
1.22.12 | Men's Basketball
Balanced scoring leads Baker past Central Methodist
FAYETTE, Mo. – Five players scored in double figures and the Wildcats shot a lights out 62 percent from the field on Saturday to defeat Central Methodist University, 89-78 for their second consecutive victory.
Jack Shortell finished with a game-high 19 points while shooting 9-for-11 from the floor. Jordan Honore added 17 points going a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. Ben Steinlage, Corey Anderson, and Joe Wachter each added 15, 14, and 11 points respectively.
“Coach Sherman and I joked about not shooting the ball well at the beginning of the game,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “Sure enough, once you start talking about it, we made some shots. I thought our guys shot it with confidence and we’ve been getting some good looks in conference and just not knocking them down. I don’t think it’s anything different. We made some, they made a lot early and we were able to sustain their run and then kind of held them off there late.”