MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Goshen College men's basketball team saw a two-game winning streak at Bethel College's Weikamp Center come to an abrupt halt, falling to the #12-ranked Pilots 105-67 Wednesday night.
Their 11th defeat in a row overall, it was the first time in 2012-13 the Leafs have allowed 100 or more points. Bethel - in sole possession of first place in the Crossroads League after a win and Indiana Wesleyan loss - has now put up the two highest scoring totals against Goshen this season. They defeated Goshen 99-85 in the team's first meeting back on November 27.
The Leafs took the initial lead in Mishawaka on a Kyle Davis 3-pointer, but that would be their only lead of the night. Bethel's Jordan Bowerman quickly made a basket and then Zach Miller hit one of his five 3-pointers on the night for a 5-3 Pilot lead.
The hosts eventually went on an 11-2 run and went up double digits shortly after. Goshen managed to trim the gap to under ten for much of the first half, but after a Jan Zawadzki putback made it 26-17 with 7:34 left, Bethel went on a 10-0 run.
The Pilots eventually hit 59% in the first period to Goshen's 28% building a 52-28 lead. It was much of the same in the final 20 minutes as Bethel started on a 23-10 spurt and never looked back. They finished the contest hitting 61% from the field and were led by Miller's 23 points. Drew Schauss added 20, Jordan Bowerman 16 and Matt Schauss 14.
Goshen hit just 34.9% from the field - their fourth game in the last five at under 35% - and were led by senior Tavo Parral's 12 points. Fellow seniors Matthew Martin and Kyle Davis chipped in 11 points each. The Leafs were out rebounded 50-29 on the night and have lost the battle on the boards in 15 of 22 games this season (2-13 record).
The Maple Leafs (7-15, 0-11 CL) look to bounce back when they host the University of Saint Francis on Saturday. The Cougars (14-9, 6-5 CL) also struggled Tuesday night, falling to Spring Arbor University 86-67 at home.