MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Goshen College men's basketball team got a much needed road Mid-Central College Conference victory, soaring past host Mount Vernon Nazarene University 97-60 Tuesday night.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak on the road. It was their first MCC road victory since the first away conference contest of the season, an 88-81 win at Bethel College back on November 30. It was also their largest scoring output of the conference season and biggest since defeating Berea College 107-66 in their second game of the season at the annual Maple City Hoopfest.
"I was really pleased with out defensive intensity tonight," head coach Gary Chupp said of his team after they forced 20 Cougar turnovers. "Our guards got after the ball and we were able to score in transition off our defense."
Senior Geoffry Gilot (North Port, Fla.) equaled his career high with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while freshman Kody Chandler (Schoolcraft, Mich.) hit 5-of-7 3-pointers and finished with 20 points. Freshman Tyler Hall (Danville, Ind.) added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while junior Kyle Davis (Portage, Mich.) came off the bench to dish out seven of Goshen's 19 assists.
"Gilot got us going offensively and our bench was really good," Chupp added.
Gilot scored five of the first seven points of the game as the Maple Leafs started the game on a 9-0 run. After three-straight 3-pointers (one by Gilot and a pair by Chandler) Goshen was up 20-2 less than five minutes in and turned to the bench.
The Leafs eventually had seven different non-starters score a total of 41 points on the night. Goshen also posted their third-highest rebounding total of the year, out rebounding Mount Vernon 50-38.
The Maple Leafs - who have struggled shooting away from home - hit 51.5% from the field, including 52.4% from beyond the arc. Ben Severns led Mount Vernon - who hit just 33% overall - with 19 points on five 3-pointers.
By virtue of Marian University's upset of #5 Grace College, the Maple Leafs remain in fifth place in the conference standings at 8-7. They are just two games out of first place and one out of third, however, with just three games left on the conference schedule.
Goshen (18-9, 8-7 MCC) will return home to face Spring Arbor University on Saturday. Tip off against the Cougars (15-12, 6-9 MCC) is slated for 3 p.m. at Gunden Gymnasium.