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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.

2.23.12 | Men's Basketball

Baker set for road test against Benedictine Thursday evening

Ballard Pregame

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

Second half Woes

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

Joe Wachter

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.

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