GOSHEN, Ind. – Visiting Bethel College used a pair of huge runs to earn a 99-85 road Crossroads League victory over the Goshen College men's basketball team Tuesday night.
Goshen got a big night from junior Jerron Jamerson who hit 10-of-15 from the field for a team-high and Goshen career-high 27 points. Jamerson also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double in a Maple Leaf uniform.
The story for the Pilots, though, was sophomore Zach Miller who hit seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 30 points. He scored 16 in the second half, going 4-of-7 from long range. Bethel drained 50% overall (10-of-20) from 3-point territory and 53% total from the field to 48% (overall) and 37% (3-point) by the Maple Leafs.
Apart from an early Stefon Luckey 3-pointer (WATCH), it was a rough start for the Maple Leafs. They missed six-straight field goal attempts, while the Pilots went on an 8-0 run to open a 10-3 lead less than three minutes into the contest.
Goshen had an immediate answer, though, and it was a big one. A 21-4 spurt sparked by a steal and dunk by Jamerson (WATCH) and capped with a pair of Tavo Parral 3-pointers (WATCH and WATCH) quickly staked the Maple Leafs to a 24-14 cushion.
The Goshen lead reached its peak less at the 11:37 mark of the opening period when Matthew Martin struck from long range (WATCH) for a 29-16 advantage. As quickly as the gap was created, though, it faded. The Pilots held the Leafs off the scoreboard for nearly six minutes, using an incredible 19-0 run to go from 12 down to seven up less than five minutes from the halftime break.
Jamerson scored 16 points in the first half, but Bethel took a 47-41 lead into the intermission behind 14 points from Miller and 11 from Ryan Benner.
Early in the second half, it was the Matthew Martin show for Goshen. He hit four-straight 3-pointers, including three in four Maple Leaf possessions (WATCH, WATCH, and WATCH) to tie the score back up at 55-55.
Bethel immediately regained control, but led just 63-61 with 16:43 to play after Matt Glick scored on a feed from Kyle Davis (WATCH). Then came the Pilots' second massive run. A 20-2 burst put them up 83-63 with just eight minutes remaining. Goshen managed to cut the gap to as few as 13, but the damage had clearly been done.
Martin hit five second-half 3-pointers and six overall for a season-high 19 points for Goshen, while classmates Tavo Parral and Kyle Davis had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Bethel had five in double figures, including Ryan Benner (19), Jordan Bowerman (17), Matt Schauss (14), and Drew Schauss (13).
It was the first home loss of the season for the Maple Leafs (5-1 at home) who move to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in Crossroads League play. Bethel is now 7-3 and 2-0 in league contests. Goshen is back on action Saturday when they travel to 6-2 University of Saint Francis.
Watch more highlights from the contest here.