GOSHEN, Ind. - The starting five accounted for 92 points as the Goshen College men's basketball team continued its hot start with a 100-81 victory over visiting Madonna University Wednesday night.
The Maple Leafs led for all but three minutes of the game, out shooting the visitors 51% to 39%. Junior Jerron Jamerson had a career game, hitting 9-of-13 from the field for 23 points to go with nine rebounds, three blocked shots, and three steals. Sophomore Stefon Luckey equaled Jamerson's team-high 23 points with four 3-pointers, while seniors Matthew Martin and Kyle Davis each scored 16 and junior Matt Glick scored 14 on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
Bobby Naubert led Madonna with a game-high 31 points to go with six assists and three steals. Travis Schuba added 19 points for the Crusaders - received votes in the preseason NAIA national poll - who suffered their first loss of the season (3-1).
It was a slow start for both sides with the first basket of the game coming almost three minutes in from Martin. A Fred Williams 3-pointer seconds later gave Madonna its only lead of the night at 3-2.
Goshen immediately went on a 17-2 spurt capped by a Jan Zawadzki long ball, opening a 19-5 lead at the 14:38 mark of the first half. The Maple Leafs went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field during the run, while the Crusaders missed five of six.
The visitors were able to hold the deficit under ten for most of the period, but did not close in on Goshen until late in the half. They held the Leafs scoreless for a near four-minute span and went on a 7-0 burst to pull within 31-27 with 4:43.
Goshen eventually took a 42-35 lead into halftime before pulling away again in the second half. A 7-0 streak got the gap back to double digits (51-41) just two and a half minutes into the second stanza and let it slip back under just 10 minutes the rest of the way.
The Maple Leafs also won the battle on the boards, grabbing 45 to Madonna's 37, including nine on the offensive glass. Goshen forced 16 turnovers and dished out 15 assists as a team. They improved to 4-0 all-time against Madonna, who they first played during the 2006 season.
Goshen (5-0) is off to its first 5-0 start under sixth-year head coach Gary Chupp. They head to Wisconsin for a weekend tournament and will face off against Wisconsin- Platteville and Wisconsin- Eau Claire.