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Defense powers Little Giants to non-conference win
Wabash made it difficult for the Illinois Institute of Technology to engineer baskets Wednesday night. The Little Giants held the visiting Scarlet Hawks to 17.1 percent from the field in a 71-25 Wabash win.

"The nice thing about this is that everybody got extended minutes," Coach Kyle Brumett said. "The guys that came in really played like the guys that are regularly in the lineup, and that's what we're looking for up and down the roster."

Every Little Giant was aware of Samuel Rarick, Illinois Tech's leading scorer at 25.8 points-per-game entering the game. A team effort held him to six points on 2-of-12 shooting.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Bad run leads to Wabash home loss
Wabash could not overcome a 25-2 scoring run by Allegheny. The Little Giants' 11-point first half lead slipped away in a 75-63 home loss Sunday afternoon.

Wabash held 39-28 lead after a basket by Daniel Purvlicis with 3:02 remaining in the first half before Allegheny began its run. The Gators --- who blistered the nets with a 62.5 percent shooting performance (15-of-24) in the second half --- started their run with a tip-in basket by Leslie Jamerson. A jumper and three-point shot by Josh Valentic trimmed the lead to four points before Gary Ulrich tipped in a missed shot just before the final horn sounded to end the first half for a 41-35 halftime lead for the Little Giants.

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Wabash picks up three wins at Chicago Duals
Wabash scored three team victories Saturday at the 2015 University of Chicago Wrestling Duals.

The Little Giants opened with a 34-14 win against the host Maroons, followed by a 38-18 victory against Saint John's. Wabash closed out the day with a 24-15 win versus the University of Dubuque.

"The team finished strong today after a bit of a slow start," Wabash head coach Brian Anderson said. "Overall the team came in and did what it needed to do and have positioned itself in the right spot for next week's National Duals. After a fifth-place finish at the Duals last year, this group is hungry to prove it can do much better this season."

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Little Giants beat Hiram in 2OT
The Wabash basketball team survived a 26-turnover game that erased a 12-point halftime lead before capturing an 89-78 double overtime home win over Hiram College Saturday.

The Little Giants needed a last-second basket by Kyle Aiton to force the first extra session and a late dunk by Daniel Purvlicis in the closing seconds of the first overtime before outscoring the Terriers 15-4 in the second OT.

Wabash trailed 65-63 after Hiram's connected on a three-point shot by Jeremiah Thomas with the game clock winding down in regulation. The Little Giants took a timeout with 3.1 seconds showing on the clock after the Thomas triple before inbounding to Aiton. The sophomore raced the length of the floor, driving to the right side for the game-tying layup just before the buzzer sounded.

Hiram lead by two points on four different occasions in the first overtime --- the last coming off a Thomas layup with 33 seconds left. Wabash committed one of its 26 turnovers on the ensuing play, but a missed layup by the Terriers was rebounded by Kasey Oetting. He quickly found Purvlicis streaking into the front court and fired a pass to the junior, who finished the play with a resounding dunk to tie the contest and force a second overtime.

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Red hot 'Bash wins
Wabash blitzed the full court press applied by Indiana University-Northwest to the tune of 72 percent shooting on 12 assists in the second half for an 88-54 victory Monday night.

Daniel Purvlicis and Kyle Aiton provided most of the offensive damage. Purvlicis hit 11-of-12 shots for a 26-point effort. Aiton hit 4-of-5 three pointers as a part of an 18-point night. Kasey Oetting nearly picked up a triple-double, notching nine points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

The win came 52 hours after a difficult one-point loss (66-65) at Franklin Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't play real well Saturday and this is a quick turnaround playing two days later," Wabash head coach Kyle Brumett said. "That takes us out of our normal routine. We finished a lot of really good stuff tonight.

"We missed some makeable shots Saturday and lost by one point. We turned the ball over too many times. There are some good things about scoring 88 points and having 25 assists tonight. More than anything else we shot more free throws than they did, so we're actually trying to guard them without fouling. We held them to 34 percent shooting. They only had six assists for the game. That means defensively we're in their way. Saturday we just fouled too much."

Monday, December 22, 2014
Buresh named to All-America 2nd Team
Wabash College senior Cody Buresh wrapped up his football career with the Little Giants by earning 2014 Second Team All-America honors as a defensive end.

Buresh was a 2013 First Team All-America pick and was also selected to the 2014 Pre-Season All-America First Team. He also earned 2014 All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association. Buresh is one of 15 Little Giant players to earn All-America honors since the program's inception in 1999 and is the fifth Wabash player to be named to the web site's All-America team twice, joining CJ Gum (2010 and 2011), Wes Chamblee (2009 and 2011), Adrian Pynenberg (2005, 2006, and 2007), and Ryan Short (2001, 2002).

Monday, December 22, 2014
Wabash can't hold off Franklin
Turnovers sparked a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the first half, erasing a Wabash 13-point advantage and leading to a 66-65 loss at Franklin Saturday afternoon.

The Little Giants squandered several opportunities in the closing minutes of the game to secure the win but were unable to capitalize.

"We could have stretched that 13-point lead out a little bit toward the end of the first half, we had two turnovers at the end of the half that led to easy baskets," Wabash head coach Kyle Brumett said. "We played the first 13 minutes of the half with either one or two turnovers. Then in the last seven minutes it turned it over three times that led immediately to baskets. And we had one shot that was like a turnover because it came too quickly and was a forced shot.

"It's disappointing but Franklin is a good program and this was a good test for both schools. You have to tip your hat to them. Our guys are hurting and are frustrated, but that's part of growing up and part of what makes playing this game worth it. Whether they realize it or not, there are some life lessons from today's game that hopefully will carry with them."

Monday, December 22, 2014
Morgan to Chair HOF committee
Wabash College head track and field coach Clyde Morgan will add one more item to his list of duties. Morgan has been selected as the new chairperson of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame Committee.

Morgan has served as a member of the DIII Hall of Fame Committee since 2007, but took over duties as chair beginning with the coaches' convention held in Phoenix, Arizona December 15-18.

The USTFCCCA Division III Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 2004. The process for induction starts after coaches nominate their former athletes.

"I'll receive nominations from coaches across the country," Morgan said. "I'll send those nominations out to the other committee members so we can meet at our convention to select the class that will be inducted for that year. Once the nominees are determined I will present the slate to the executive board and to the coaches at our annual meeting for approval. Then later at the actual ceremony I'll assist in organizing the presentation."

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wabash has top soccer coach
Wabash College head coach Chris Keller has been named the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Men's Coach of the Year.

Keller received the award after leading the Little Giants to the most successful season in school history on the pitch. Wabash finished with a record 13-3-3 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark against North Coast Athletic Conference opponents. The 13 victories set a new record for wins in a season, while the team's 12 consecutive matches without a loss to open the season also set a new school record. The Little Giants shut out 10 opponents to break the old record of eight set in 1997. Included in those shutouts was a 1-0 win over second-ranked Kenyon College, part of a 5-0-3 home campaign.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Wabash captures North Central Wrestling tourney title
Wabash captured four individual titles, placed 15 top-six finishes, and scored a total of 248 points to win the 2014 North Central College Tournament title.

A total of 23 Little Giant wrestlers scored at least a half point for the team in Saturday's competition.

Riley Lefever was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament after capturing the 184-pound weight class title. Devin Broukal (141 pounds), Reece Lefever (157 pounds), and Conner Lefever (174 pounds) each won individual titles, as well. AJ Belden, Tommy Poynter, Jacob Cottey, Nick Bova, Chance Brown, Chanc Ravish, Ethan Farmer, Mark Maldonado, Ben Farmer, Brett Thumm, and Jake Barclay all earned top-six finishes for the Little Giants.

"Winning the North Central tournament was definitely one of our goals," Wabash head coach Brian Anderson said. "This was not an easy week for the team. Our wrestlers are preparing to take finals next week and we have a number of guys battling illness.However the team did a good job of staying focused on the task at hand. We head into Christmas Break on a positive note.

"We saw tough competition today and responded well in the majority of the weight classes."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

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