GOSHEN, Ind. – Outstanding guard play from visiting Taylor University led them to an 87-71 victory over the Goshen College men's basketball team - their tenth straight defeat - in Crossroads League action Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans' trio of Tommy Peller (28), Ben Raichel (25) and Casey Coons (14) combined for 67 points and 12 3-pointers (55%). Overall, Taylor hit a sparkling 58% from the field - the fourth time this year Goshen has allowed better than 55% - including an incredible 64% in the second half.
Goshen had five players in double digits scoring 70 points for the first time in four contests. Senior Kyle Davis led the way with 16 points, Tavo Parral added 14, Matt Glick 12, Matthew Martin 11 and Jerron Jamerson 10.
Peller and Raichel both hit 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the contest, sparking the Trojans to an early 10-2 lead. Goshen then found themselves down 12 (22-10) just past the midway point of the opening period before making their run.
Parrall hit from long range - has hit 3-pointers in 16 of 20 games - to start an 8-0 Maple Leafs spurt (22-18). Again, though, Peller and Raichel hit long balls and the Taylor lead was back to double digits. All that saved it from heading into halftime under 10 (39-31 Taylor) was an incredible running 3-pointer at the buzzer by Kyle Davis.
By the halftime buzzer, Peller had 17 and Raichel 14 with Davis leading the way for Goshen with 12. Glick and Jamerson both scored early in the second stanza trimming the gap back down to four (39-35) as part of a 7-0 run, but again it was the 3-point ball that allowed Taylor to regain separation. This time it was Coons - Taylor's leading scorer who had just two points at half, but finished with 14 - who struck during a 12-2 Trojan ran that put their lead back to double-digits where it stayed the rest of the way.
The Maple Leafs hit 47% and turned the ball over a season-low six times, but were out rebounded 41-21. At 7-14 overall, 0-10 Crossroads League, they look for their first league win of the year when they travel to #16 Bethel College next Tuesday.