Despite Glick's Career High, Frantic Comeback, GC Falls Short Vs. USF
GOSHEN, Ind. – Despite a career high 22 points from sophomore Matt Glick and a frantic late comeback effort, the Goshen College men's basketball team could not earn the win against visiting University of Saint Francis.
Glick hit 10-of-15 from the field besting his previous career best of 19 points and the Maple Leafs erased all but five points from a 24-point deficit, but they still fell to the Cougars 93-86 Saturday evening.
Saint Francis looked strong early, using a 7-0 run to build a 12-6 cushion less than four minutes in. Behind a jumper from Goshen native Ethan Hussey, the Cougars went up double digits for the first time (19-8) two minutes later.
Hussey continued to pour it on throughout the half, heading to the locker room with 16 points. His team, meanwhile, had 10 assists to just five turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play and took a sizable 51-31 lead into the intermission.
Neither side gave much ground in the second half and the Saint Francis advantage remained between 18 and a game-high 24 (77-53) throughout the first 12 minutes. With just 7:51 to play, sophomore Stefon Luckey snapped a 5-0 Cougar run with a 3-pointer, but the Leafs didn't make a strong move until four and a half minutes remained.
Still trailing by 19 (81-62), Goshen frantically chased the lead. In just over three minutes of game time, the Leafs caused three turnovers, hit 5-of-5 from the field, 4-of-5 from the line, and used a 15-1 streak to get within five (82-77).
Time, and the free throw shooting of Saint Francis, ran out on them, though. The Cougars hit 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final 1:13 of the game to close out a 93-86 Crossroads League victory, their third-straight over the Maple Leafs.
In addition to Glick's 22 points, junior Jerron Jamerson had 18 (15 in second half), senior Tavo Parral had 13 off the bench, and senior Matthew Martin had 12. Goshen shot a strong 48.4%, their best in eight games, and dished out 19 assists, but were out rebounded 42-32.
The visitors were led by Hussey and Scott Kohne, who each scored 21. Kohne registered his 13th double double of the season with 14 rebounds, while Kyle Sovine and Seth Small scored 14 and 12 points off the bench, respectively.
Still searching for their first Crossroads League victory of the season, Goshen (7-16, 0-12 CL) looks to snap a 12-game skid when they travel to Marian University next Tuesday.