MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Goshen College men's basketball team completed the first half of Crossroads League play with a 68-56 loss at Mount Vernon Nazarene University Tuesday night.
It was a great start for the hosts who hit five of their first six from the field. Goshen, meanwhile, missed their first six and turned the ball over three times in the first four minutes finding themselves in a quick 11-0 hole.
Within eight minutes of the opening tip, Mount Vernon had stretched its lead to 14 (18-4) and the Maple Leafs troubles had continued. They eventually shot just 27.6% (8-of-29) in the first half and while the gap was trimmed to single digits on several occasions, a dunk by Zach Zeltman gave the Cougars a 34-24 halftime advantage.
Behind Matt Glick and Jerron Jamerson, the Leafs started the second half on a 5-0 run and trimmed their deficit to five (34-29). Then, by the 11:26 mark of the second half, a pair of Kyle Davis baskets had the gap to single point (38-37).
Goshen managed to tie the score twice, but did not take their first lead of the night until an old-fashion 3-point play by Matthew Martin handed them a 51-50 lead with 5:28 to play. Just 17 seconds later, though, a Caleb Williams jumper retook the lead for Mount Vernon and then they used a 10-0 run (Goshen 0-for-7 during stretch) to put the contest away.
The Maple Leafs shot a season low 32.3% from the field, their third-straight game hitting less than 35%. They did out rebound the hosts 40-36, but turned the ball over 13 times and converted only 4-of-24 3-point attempts.
Seniors Davis and Martin led Goshen with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Jamerson and Stefon Luckey each had nine. Williams led four Mount Vernon players in double digits with a game-high 19 points, while Zeltman scored 13 and Mark Lieberman and Jason Dawson each had 11.
Goshen (7-13, 0-9 CL) looks to snap a nine-game losing streak when they host Taylor University (14-7, 6-3 CL) at 3 p.m. Saturday.