UPLAND, Ind. – Crossroads League play got off to a rough start for the Goshen College men's basketball team, which shot only 35% in a 76-54 loss at Taylor University in the league opener Tuesday night.
Senior Matthew Martin was the high man for Goshen with 12 points, while junior Matt Glick chipped in 10 points. The Trojans had four players in double figures led by Tommy Peller's 18 points. Nate Kasper added 17, Tyler Waite 12 and Casey Coons scored 10.
The Maple Leafs' first basket of the contest did not come until the 14:58 mark when sophomore Stefon Luckey picked up a steal and turned it into a layup. Goshen missed its first four field goal attempts and turned the ball over four times before the Luckey basket allowing the hosts to get off to an early 11-0 lead.
Taylor never really looked back going up by as many as 14 (20-6) before a Trevor Commissaris basket and a Kyle Davis 3-pointer cut it back to single digits (20-11) with eight to play in the opening period. The single digit gap was short-lived, however, with the Trojans scoring the next four and then eventually leading by as many as 16 in he first half.
Goshen shot just 29.6% in the period, turned the ball over eight times, and were out rebounded by four creating the sizable halftime deficit. The hole was too big to dig out of as Taylor continued its hot shooting, finishing 31-of-55 from the field (56.4%) never allowing the Leafs back into the contest.
Goshen (6-2, 0-1 CL) finished with only 23 rebounds (Taylor 31) and had just nine assists to 15 turnovers. In both of the team's losses this season, the assist total has been under 10.
They have a full week off of games during the Thanksgiving Holiday and will be back in action next Tuesday when they host Bethel College. The Pilots (6-2, 1-0 CL) were 74-71 upset winners over #21 Spring Arbor University tonight.