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11.19.11 | Men's Basketball

Todd Johnston’s buzzer-beater lifts Baker past Bethany, 63-62

Todd Johnston

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

BU vs McPherson

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

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.

11.13.11 | Football

Wildcats improve to 4-1 with 70-42 victory over rival OttawaTodd Johnston

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Coming off a tough loss on Friday evening, the Baker University men’s basketball team bounced back Saturday with a 70-42 victory over Ottawa University.

A balanced offensive attack was key as the Wildcats had five players score in double figures. Todd Johnston led the way with 13 points, while shooting 4-for-7 from the floor and 1-for-4 from beyond the arc. Kevin Lysaught had 11 points with seven rebounds while Brandon Moore, Jack Shortell, and Ben Steinlage each added 10.

11.11.11 | Men's Basketball

Wildcats drop first game of the season to St. Mary’s (Kan.)Samer Jasser

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – A 15-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for the Baker men’s basketball team Friday evening, as they dropped their first game of the season to the University of St. Mary (Kan.), 79-76.

Three players scored in double figures for the ‘Cats as Ben Steinlage led the way with 15 points. Todd Johnston and Jordan Honore each added 14 and 12 points respectively.

11.8.11 | Men's Basketball

Jordan Honore leads Baker past Friends University, 76-65

Jordan Honore

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University men’s basketball team is off to its best start in five years after defeating Friends University 76-65 Tuesday evening.

Baker (3-0) never trailed in the contest as junior Jordan Honore led the way offensively with 23 points and five assists, while shooting 9-for-17 from the field.

11.1.11 | Men's Basketball

Men’s basketball cruises to victory in season opener over Kansas WesleyanBen Steinlage

SALINA Kan. – For the second consecutive season, the Baker men’s basketball team opened its season with a victory over Kansas Wesleyan University on Tuesday evening 102-60.

Ben Steinlage (pictured) led the Baker offensive attack with 19 points on an 8-for-8 shooting performance from the field. Three other players finished in double figures as Jordan Honore added 14, while Todd Ellis and Jack Shortell each added 12.

“Kansas Wesleyan was missing a couple players due to injury and I thought we did a good job wearing them down with our depth,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “It was a good team effort tonight, we’ve had some good practices, so it was good to see it carry over to our first game.”

10.31.11 | Basketball

Ballard expects improvement in wide-open HAAC race

2011-12 Preview

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With a mix of senior leadership and a strong recruiting class, Baker second-year head basketball coach Brett Ballard believes his program is headed in the right direction.

Seniors Jack Shortell (Mission Hills, Kan.) and Joe Wachter (Pittsburg, Kan.) were key contributors for the Wildcats in 2010-11 and will look to step up again in their final collegiate season. Shortell, a 6-foot-7-inch forward, averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 2010-11, while Wachter, a starter for the final half of the season last year, averaged 4.6 points per game.

“Jack Shortell and Joe both played big minutes for us last year and will provide great senior leadership for us this season,” Ballard said. “Jack will be a tough defender for us at the five spot and his offense has improved over the summer. Wachter is a solid, all-around player and is a hands-down winner.”

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