Maple Leaf basketball triumphs over Foresters

Spencer Buttermore

Contributing Writer

sebuttermore@goshen.edu

 

The Goshen College men’s basketball team got off to a hot start against Huntington University Saturday afternoon and didn’t look back as they cruised to a 72-52 victory. On the road, the Maple Leafs jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead in the first five minutes and kept the advantage for the rest of the half, with the lead as high as 10 points at the 12-minute mark. The score rested at 37-29 in favor of the Leafs at the half.

Goshen’s lead continued to grow in the second half as the Leafs outscored Huntington University 35-23, propelling Goshen to an easy 20-point victory. The Maple Leafs shot 56 percent (29-of-53) from the field, including 39 percent (5-of-13) from behind the 3-point line.

Dominque Bolden, a senior, led all scorers with 22 points, including 12 from long range. Three other Maple Leafs also scored in double digits, as Conner Funkhouser, a sophomore, contributed 17 points, Trevor Commissaris, a senior, posted the game’s lone double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Devin Heath-Granger, a sophomore, had 11 points. Kevin Phillips, a junior, had 6, and Austin Hayden, a freshman contributed 4 points.

With the win Goshen improves to 15-11 on the season, including 7-7 in Crossroads League play, and in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings. Goshen can finish as high as tied for second place.

The Maple Leafs were back in action Wednesday night against the Grace Lancers in Gunden Gymnasium, with the game finishing after print deadline. The team travels to Mishawaka on Saturday afternoon to face off against rival Bethel College, with tip-off set for 3 p.m.

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