FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Goshen College men's basketball team held a second-half lead, but could not pick up its first Crossroads League victory of the season, losing 70-67 to host University of Saint Francis on Saturday.
Junior Jerron Jamerson had his second-straight 20-plus point contest, hitting 10-of-20 from the field for 22 points. Sophomore Steffon Luckey added 18 points, while senior Kyle Davis had nine points and six steals. Josh Hogan led the Cougars with 21 points, while Scott Kohne scored 12 and Brad Sneary had nine points and nine rebounds. Goshen forced 22 USF turnovers, but were out rebounded by a 41-25 margin.
Much like their first league road contest (at Taylor), Goshen started slow. They missed seven of their first eight field goal attempts allowing the Cougars to jump to a quick 11-2 lead (16:55).
Down 17-7 with 11 to go in the opening period, the Leafs finally found their footing. A 13-3 run sparked by a defense which forced six turnovers in four-plus minutes got Goshen within one (21-20) after a Jamerson basket in transition (6:50). Two minutes later, another Jamerson basket gave the Leafs their first lead of the afternoon (24-23).
The teams traded late first-half runs and headed into the locker rooms at halftime tied 33-33. Out of the intermission, four of the Maple Leafs' five starters scored in the first 3:16 allowing them to go up five (44-39). Both sides then hit a rough patch offensively with the team combining for just two field goals over the next four and a half minutes of action.
Goshen ultimately took a game-high six-point cushion (51-45) with 11:02 remaining. The lead was short-lived, however, with the hosts exploding for seven-straight points in just 1:20 to retake the lead. The contest eventually featured seven ties and 10 lead changes, including a 63-63 tie with 5:33 left.
A Hogan 3-pointer and a pair of Jordan Hahn free throws again gave the Cougars separation, but Jamerson scored in the paint with 20 seconds left and after a missed free throw, Goshen had the ball with a chance to tie the game. Kyle Davis' attempt at the buzzer was off the mark, though, and Saint Francis won for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings between the two sides.
It was the final league contest of the fall semester for the Maple Leafs (6-4, 0-3 CL) who are back in action when they host Trinity International University on Tuesday.