12.31.11 | Men's Basketball
Wildcats drop two in San Diego Classic
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – It wasn’t the outcome head coach Brett Ballard had hoped for when the ‘Cats scheduled their holiday west coast swing. The Wildcats dropped their tournament-opening contest to Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), 80-51 before bowing on the final day 77-51 to San Diego Christian College.
Brandon Moore was the only Wildcat to score in double figures against Point Loma Nazarene with 10 points, while shooting 2-for-8 from beyond the arc. The Sea Lions had three players score in double figures with Rhett Beal leading the way netting a team-high 24 points. PLNU finished the contest 23-for-39 (47 percent) from the field and 9-for-18 (50 percent) from beyond the arc.
12.7.11 | Men's Basketball
Wildcats drop first HAAC game of the season to No. 14 Evangel, 69-53
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker hung with the Crusaders for the first eight minutes of the contest, but from that point forward Evangel never looked back, taking the lead for good with a 9-2 run to end the first half.
Baker (9-3, 2-1 HAAC) closed the gap to within four points midway through the second half, but Evangel methodically put together a 19-2 run in a span of just over five minutes to erase any chance of a Baker upset.
12.3.11 | Men's Basketball
Baker men improve to 2-0 in the HAAC with 64-47 victory over Missouri Valley
MARSHALL, Mo. – Stingy defense and hot shooting lifted the Baker men’s basketball team to its second conference victory of the season on Saturday evening, defeating Missouri Valley College, 64-47.
Junior Corey Anderson was stellar yet again netting 18 points while shooting 6-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. Senior Jack Shortell was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 12 points.
“Corey Anderson is playing with good rhythm on offense,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “I thought we really played well defensively in the second half. The guys did a good job of following the scouting report.”
12.1.11 | Men's Basketball
Wildcats win HAAC opener over Avila, 76-70
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team opened up its conference season with a 76-70 victory over Avila University on Thursday evening.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures as Corey Anderson led the way netting 17 points while shooting 4-for-7 from the floor and 1-for-3 from beyond the arc.
11.21.11 | Men's Basketball
Wildcats survive overtime scare at Ottawa with 79-77 victory
OTTAWA, Kan. – The Baker men’s basketball team improved to 7-2 on the season with another cardiac victory on Monday evening at Ottawa University.
Baker (7-2) had a seven-point lead heading into the break, but Ottawa managed to slowly battle back in the second half to even the score at 69-69.
With 10.2 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Baker held a 79-77 advantage, but committed a costly turnover, giving the ball back to the Braves.
11.19.11 | Men's Basketball
Todd Johnston’s buzzer-beater lifts Baker past Bethany, 63-62
McPHERSON, Kan. – After losing just their second game of the season on Friday night, the Baker men’s basketball team bounced back on Saturday with a thrilling 63-62 victory over Bethany (Kan.).
Big shots were the story of the game for the Wildcats, and none were bigger than Todd Johnston’s buzzer-beating three-pointer.
“The guys did a good job battling and not giving in.,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “We had some guys step up and make some big shots when we needed them.”
11.18.11 | Men's Basketball
Baker men fall to McPherson, 63-77
McPHERSON, Kan. – Poor free throw shooting and points off turnovers ultimately doomed the Wildcats Friday night as they dropped their second game of the season to McPherson College 63-77.
Just two players scored in double figures for the Wildcats as Ben Steinlage and Todd Johnston led the team with 10 points.
The Wildcats trailed 24-25 heading into the break, but McPherson mounted a strong second half, outscoring the Wildcats 52-39.
11.16.11 | Men's Basketball
Coach Ballard has Wildcats off and rolling to 5-1 start
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Brett Ballard, second-year head coach of the Baker University men’s basketball team, realized it would take a little time for the players to understand his philosophy.
“The guys coming in knew what to expect this season,” Ballard said. “The new guys we brought in increased our talent and we’ve really gelled as a team. They’ve worked hard as a group and that’s helped us get off to this good start.”
The Wildcats defeated Harris Stowe State 66-52 on Tuesday, improving their record to 5-1. It is the program’s best start since the 2006-07 season.