A close first half shifted in Goshen’s favor with offensive momentum.
Up by one point at halftime, the Goshen College men’s basketball team put up 45 points in the second half to pull away from the visiting Titans of IU-South Bend on Tuesday night, coming away with a 77-69 win. The victory improved the Maple Leafs record to 3-2 in the season.
The Maple Leafs led 32-31 as the second half got under way and quickly jumped out to extend their lead to 41-33 with 17 minutes left. Before the Titans regrouped and stormed back to take a 54-48 lead with under 9 minutes to play.
Couch Neal Young’s team didn’t panic and managed to regain momentum from the Titans by going on an impressive run of their own. Over the next four minutes, Goshen dominated with a 12-0 run. Goshen had control of the boards with an impressive 46-37 edge in rebounds while also causing IU-South Bend to turn the ball over 19 times over the course of the game. The Titans, while forcing 15 turnovers of their own, weren’t able to hang with Goshen in the final minutes as the Maple Leafs outscored IU-South Bend 45-38 in the second half.
Dominique Bolden, a junior, and Billy Geschke, a sophomore, led Goshen’s offense. Bolden scored a career-high 23 points to lead the offense, while grabbing nine rebounds. Geschke, meanwhile, added 20 points of his own to go along with two rebounds and two assists.
Stefon Luckey, a senior, put up 15 points to go along with his two assists. Trevor Commissaris, a junior, also grabbed nine rebounds to equal Bolden’s team high, while Christian Grider, a first-year, contributed with eight rebounds off the bench.
Goshen plays next on Saturday against IU-Northwest at 4 p.m. in Gary Indiana, and will look to improve their record to 4-2.