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Sharp-Shooting Juniors Spark Leafs But Marian Spoils Finale
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Goshen College 10-20 (3-15 CL)383674
Marian 14-16 (5-13 CL)275178
Feb. 18, 2017
Indianapolis, Ind.
Attendance: 648
Goshen CollegeIndv. LeadersMarian
#02 Geschke, Billy - 20Points #04 Wesley Stowers - 28
#33 Barrie, Alhassan - 8Rebounds 2 Players (#04,#23) - 6
#22 Heath-Granger, Devin - 9Assists #22 Curtis Green - 6
Goshen CollegeTeam StatisticsMarian
46.8% (29 - 62) Field Goals % 42.9% (27 - 63)
41.2% (7 - 17) 3 Point Field Goals % 26.9% (7 - 26)
64.3% (9 - 14) Free Throws 94.4% (17 - 18)
36Rebounds 37
13Assists 14
14Turnovers 11
82nd Chance Pts 10
Men's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 19, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Billy Geschke scored 20 points and Christian Grider 17 to cap their junior seasons in a 78-74 Goshen College loss at Marian University in Crossroads League men's basketball action.

Goshen (10-20, 3-15) held its opponents without a field goal for three minutes or longer in two separate spurts, using runs of 5-0, 6-0 and 7-0 to open a 33-20 lead two minutes before the intermission. GC drained 16 of its 34 shots (47 percent) in the opening 20 minutes while holding Marian to 12-for-33 (36.4 percent) overall and 1-for-10 beyond the 3-point arc.

Grider paced all scorers with eight points in the opening stanza as Goshen led 38-27 at halftime. In the final 20 minutes, Geschke added 13 on 5-of-6 shooting and Grider tossed in nine more.

But a pair of Knights had other ideas, as Wesley Stowers scored 22 and Curtis Green 16 to account for almost three-quarters of the team's 51 points after the break. Marian made half of its 30 field-goal tries and went 15-for-16 at the foul line to close out the game.

A Grider bucket with 16:16 left put Goshen up 46-38, but prompted an 11-2 run in which Stowers scored the final five points, giving MU its first lead in more than 20 minutes.

Geschke responded with a 3-pointer to put the Maple Leafs back up two, and the margin stayed within three points for more than 10 minutes. With 2:03 to play in regulation, a KC Earls layup closed the Knights () within one at 68-67.

The Maple Leafs bled most of the shot clock on the next possession before turning the ball over, allowing Derek Hawthorne to put Marian up one with a jumper at 1:27. A Goshen miss on the next trip gave way to a Stowers 3-pointer that extended the lead to four with 44 seconds left.

Geschke scored again 11 seconds later to return GC's deficit to one, but with the shot clock nearly off, the Maple Leafs were reduced to fouling and hoping for missed free throws. Unfortunately for Goshen, Marian did not oblige in that category in the final seven minutes, let alone the last 30 seconds.

Alhassan Barrie led all players with eight rebounds while coming off the Maple Leaf bench to play 21 minutes, although Marian came away with a one-board edge at the team level.

Devin Heath-Granger racked up nine assists for Goshen, moving him past Monroe Yoder into fourth place on GC's all-time list with 385 at the end of his junior season. The Indianapolis native will enter his senior year next fall 119 dimes short of Roger Prough's school record; he finished this year with 165.

Stowers led Marian in rebounds and Green in assists; each player had six. Each team finished the game with eight steals.

Xavier Newson scored 11 points, concluding his lone season in a Maple Leaf uniform with 26 double-figure scoring games; in two of the other four, he finished with 9.

Both teams entered the game assured of the ninth and 10th positions in the conference standings, thereby eliminated from conference tournament contention. CL postseason awards are slated to be announced early next week.