GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen College men's basketball team snapped a three-game skid, defeating visiting Trinity International University 91-65 in non-conference action Tuesday night.
Five Maple Leafs finished in double figures, including the third-straight 20+ point performance by junior Jerron Jamerson (WATCH). Jamerson hit 11-of-16 from the field for a game-high 25 points.
Senior Tavo Parral hit five 3-pointers for 15 points off the bench, while senior Matthew Martin added 11 points and seven rebounds, freshman Trevor Commissaris had a career high 12 points, and junior Matt Glick had 10 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Stefon Luckey added a game-high seven assists, including this one (WATCH).
"We had good play off the bench," sixth-year head coach Gary Chupp said. "Tavo several big 3s in the first half, Kyle Capps was solid defensively, and Commissaris gave us a lot of energy."
Trinity International had four players in double digits let by a 6-for-10 night (17 points) from Allen Lott. They forced 25 Goshen turnovers, but the Maple Leafs dominated the boards, out rebounding the visitors 47-28.
Apart from a pair of Jamerson baskets early on - including this up-and-under (WATCH) - it was a struggle for Goshen. They turned the ball over twice and missed four of their first six field goal attempts before an Allen Lott 3-pointer gave the visitors a 12-4 lead three minutes in.
Seniors Matthew Martin and Tavo Parral wasting little time leading Goshen's comeback, though. Martin started a 15-5 run with seven-straight points (WATCH) and then Parral capped the spurt with a pair of 3-pointers (WATCH) giving the Leafs their first lead of the night (19-17) with 12:11 on the first-half clock.
The lead eventually changed hands nine times in addition to four ties in the first half. Goshen closed the period on an 8-0 run, however, taking a 41-35 lead into the break after another Parral 3-pointer (WATCH).
The Maple Leafs kept the momentum early in the second half, building a double-digit cushion with a quick 10-2 run. Glick scored four of his 11 in the first two minutes after the break (WATCH) and Jamerson capped the run with a breakaway dunk (WATCH).
"It was a solid second half," Chupp added. "The first three or four minutes we were very patent and got good looks. We talked at halftime about not letting them back in and stretching the lead out and we were able to do that."
Another big push by Goshen midway through the second half (15-1) was more than enough to put the contest away as the lead stretched to as many as 27. The Leafs shot a sparkling 56% on the night, including 66% in the second half, while limiting the Trojans to 39% shooting overall. Goshen also had 25 assists and forced 23 turnovers.
The Maple Leafs (7-4) have two full weeks off around final exams and will not be back in action until December 18 when they travel to NAIA DII #23 Indiana University East.