GOSHEN, Ind. - The Goshen College men's basketball team led for more than three-quarters of the contest, but could not pick up an important Crossroads League victory, falling to visiting Marian University 71-68 Thursday night.
After trailing 2-0 and 4-2 early on, a Stefon Luckey 3-pointer at 17:10 in the first half gave the Maple Leafs a 5-4 lead. They pushed the cushion to as many as 14 (29-15) with another Luckey long ball with 7:23 left in the first half, but a late run by the Knights cut the halftime deficit to just two (37-35).
Goshen maintained control for much of the second half, though, keeping the lead for more than 30 minutes overall before a Jake Stafford jumper put Marian ahead 58-57 with seven minutes to play. Three second-half 3-pointers by Chris Roberts was enough to help the visitors hold on after Goshen's last second 3-pointer rimmed out.
Marian's Dwight Cliff led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Stafford finished with 13, Nick Achille had 11 and Roberts had nine, all in the second half.
Four Maple Leafs were in double figures led by Luckey's 15. Junior Jerron Jamerson had his third double double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, senior Matthew Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds, and senior Kyle Davis had 11 points and five rebounds.
Goshen out shot Marian 53% to 44% and out rebounded them 35-24, but turned the ball over 19 times and got just seven points off the bench (20 for the Knights). With the loss, Goshen drops to 7-8 overall and 0-4 in league play. They are back on the court Saturday when they travel to NAIA DII #9 Grace College.