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3.5.12 | Men's Basketball

Baker falls to MNU in HAAC Championship Game

Title Tilt

OLATHE, Kan. – Ben Steinlage scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, but Baker was never able to get over the hump as MNU never trailed in a 75-68 victory over the Wildcats Monday evening.

Jordan Honore was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures as he finished the game with 16 points. Luke Thomas of MNU stole the show though, scoring a game-high 21 points while shooting 8-for-11 from the floor to go along with 13 rebounds.

3.2.12 | Men's Basketball

Wildcats knock off second-seeded Evangel, set up HAAC title showdown with MNU

On To MNU

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Coach Ballard said all along his guys looked tight in the HAAC Playoff opener on Wednesday evening. That wasn’t the case on Friday evening as third-seeded Baker knocked off second-seeded Evangel University, 73-66 to advance to the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Game on Monday evening against top-seeded MidAmerica Nazarene.

Ben Steinlage led the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points  and Corey Anderson chipped in with 14 as Baker grabbed its marquee victory of the season. Samer Jassar also added 10 points and nine rebounds to go along with Steinlage’s 11 boards.

3.2.12 | Men's Basketball

Baker hoops set for semifinal showdown with Evangel

HAAC Semifinal Showdown

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Third-seeded Baker University (20-10) travels to second-seeded Evangel (23-8) on Friday evening for a chance to advance to the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Game on Monday evening.

Baker is coming off a 55-41 victory over Benedictine College on Wednesday evening in the HAAC quarterfinals. It was Baker’s first HAAC playoff victory since the 1999-2000 season. Coach Ballard pregame podcast

2.29.12 | Men's Basketball

Wildcats taste playoff victory for the first time in 12 years

Postseason Push

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – When Baker University head coach Brett Ballard arrived in Baldwin City two years ago, he made it very clear that he intended on bringing Baker men’s basketball back to national prominence.

With a 55-41 victory over sixth-seeded Benedictine College on Wednesday evening in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Quarterfinals, third-seeded Baker officially took its first step towards the national stage for the first time in 12 years.

2.29.12 | Men's Basketball

Third-seeded Baker hosts sixth-seeded Benedictine Wednesday night

Baker vs Benedictine

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – It has been more than 10 years since the Baker University men’s basketball team played a home playoff game in the George F. Collins Center.

That will all change Wednesday evening when the Wildcats host rival Benedictine College in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

2.27.12 | Men's Basketball

Steinlage and Anderson grab all-HAAC honors

All-HAAC Squads

KANSAS CITY, Mo – Juniors Ben Steinlage (Corning, Kan.) and Corey Anderson (Mansfield, Texas) were named to the 2012 Men’s Basketball All-Heart of America Athletic Conference team as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Steinlage was named to the second team. He leads Baker in scoring with 11.9 points per game and ranks first on the team in shooting percentage at 64 percent. Anderson, who received honorable mention, averages 10.4 points per game. Anderson’s 3-point field-goal percentage of 40 percent ranks second on the team.

2.26.12 | Men's Basketball

Senior Day victory sets up playoff showdown with Benedictine on Wednesday

Playoff Push

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Coming into Senior Day, Baker University knew it had to win in order to secure a home playoff game on Wednesday. The Wildcats did just that, taking care of business by knocking off Central Methodist University, 90-75 on Senior Day.

Junior Corey Anderson led all Baker scorers with 23 points, while Ben Steinlage (17 points), Todd Johnston (12 points), and Jack Shortell (11 points) all scored in double figures.

2.23.12 | Men's Basketball

Late Benedictine comeback sinks Baker, 68-62 in overtime

OT Killer

ATCHISON, Kan. – After shooting just 3-for-19 from beyond the arc in the first 38 minutes on Thursday evening, Benedictine’s Quaran Johnson sunk the biggest 3-pointer of the game with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Baker (18-10, 11-6 HAAC) led 51-43 with 1:47 to play in regulation, but Benedictine (15-13, 10-7 HAAC) managed to string together seven-straight points in the final 1:30 and followed that up with 17-11 advantage in overtime.

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