Updated Fri, Jan 17, 2014 7:05 pm
The Marietta Pioneers men’s basketball team is looking to rebound from its second loss in Ohio Athletic Conference play with a win over John Carroll on Saturday, Jan 18.
The Pioneers’ (10-4, 5-2) past two losses have come by a combined difference of six points. Marietta will be eager to hit the court against a formidable opponent in the Blue Streaks (10-4, 4-3).
John Carroll is undefeated at home and fresh off a thrilling 71-69 victory against Baldwin Wallace. The game will see if Marietta can positively bounce back from a close 73-72 loss to Mount Union.
It will also see if the Pioneers can respond to the loss of senior point guard Tyler Hammond, who was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence on Jan. 4 and hasn’t returned to the team.
The game also has major Ohio Athletic Conference implications as John Carroll sits in fourth place, looking up at the third place Pioneers. If Marietta hopes to keep sole possession of the third place spot, it will need to return to its earlier season form, which saw the Pios string together two four-game winning streaks.
At the head of Marietta’s offense sits junior point guard Andy Dollman, who has replaced Hammond in the starting lineup. Dollman has taken to the starting spot well, averaging 23.5 minutes, 13.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game.
For the Blue Streaks, sophomore guard David Hendrickson leads the offense, averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.7 assists a game.
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in University Heights, Ohio.