The Goshen College men’s basketball team had four double-digit scorers and a season best 38-of-63 (60.3 percent) shooting performance en route to a dominating 108-79 upset victory over no. 22 Saint Xavier last Saturday evening in Gunden Gymnasium.
The game stayed close through the first few minutes, with Saint Xavier holding a slight 24-23 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. However, the Maple Leafs (3-2) then went on a 16-0 run to take charge en route to a comfortable 51-35 lead heading into halftime. Goshen shot 19-of-32 (59.4 percent) from the field in the first stanza.
The shooting touch proved contagious, as the Maple Leafs rode their hot hand into the second half. Goshen outscored their first half total of 51 points, going 19-of-31 from the floor for 57 second half points.
Conner Funkhouser, a junior, led Goshen’s offensive attack, coming off the bench for a team-high 23 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field. Kevin Phillips and Xavier Newson, both seniors, also added to the Maple Leafs’ dominant performance, both shooting 7-of-12 for the evening; Phillips finished with 20 points and a tie with Funkhouser for a team-high five rebounds, while Newson tacked on 17 points and tied Devin Heath-Granger, junior, with four assists. Kody Chandler, a junior, used his deep-range threat to score 12 of his 13 points from behind the three-point line, including a four-point play dagger with 6:51 remaining to solidify the win.
Coach Neal Young used all 14 available players in the win, as first-years Tanner Camp, Ben Cotton and Robert Warrick each registered their first points in a Maple Leaf uniform, tallying four, three, and two points respectively.
The win is Goshen’s third victory in four attempts against ranked opponents, dating back to an 88-81 win against 25th ranked Grace College during the previous season on Feb. 10. It is also the first time scoring in triple digits since Nov. 14, 2012 when the team knocked off Madonna University, who was receiving votes in the national poll at the time.
The Goshen men also played on Wednesday at Indiana University Northwest. However, the game against the RedHawks was not finished at the time of print. The Maple Leafs play next on Friday, when they travel to Oakland University for a 7 p.m. tipoff.