WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A slow start was too much to overcome for the Goshen College men's basketball team as they lost to NAIA DII #9 Grace College 82-64 Saturday afternoon.
After starting the season 6-1, the Maple Leafs have hit a rough patch, dropping eight of their last nine and five straight.
They fell behind by eight in the first three minutes before the Lancers sprinted to a 49-27 halftime advantage. The hosts shot a sparkling 57% on the afternoon, never letting the Leafs back into the Crossroads League contest.
Eleven different Lancers entered the scoring column, including Greg Miller who netted a team-high 16 points. Grace, with a sizable height advantage, also had the edge on the boards (39-26). Brando Banderhegghen had 14 points and Elliot Smith hit 5-of-8 for 11 points.
Goshen held the Lancers leading scorer, Bruce Grimm Jr. (17.8 points a game) to just seven points, but he had six points and a pair of steals.
Junior Matt Glick led Goshen with a season high 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Classmate Jerron Jamerson had 11 and sophomore Stefon Luckey had 10 points and seven assists.
Goshen (7-9, 0-5 CL) has a three-game conference week as they host #3 Indiana Wesleyan Tuesday, travel to Huntington Thursday, and host Spring Arbor on Saturday.