The men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted a “Black Out” Tuesday evening during their double header against visiting team Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The event was thrown to encourage students to come out to the games and support the last stretch of their seasons. The women’s team started off the night at 6:00 p.m., with the men following after at 8:00 p.m.“It feels really great knowing you have support even after having a hard season,” said Tyra Carver, a sophomore women’s basketball player.
Fans formed a cheer block that soon “Black(ed) Out” the bleachers. Complimentary chips and salsa were served during the games, as well as contests with prizes to give a little extra encouragement to come and support the teams.
Stand out supporters for their fellow sports teams were several baseball players who came out with signs and Hawaiian attire.
“We wanted to bring extra attention and energy to the games as a way to show support for another team on campus,” said Jesse Quintanilla, a sophomore baseball player.
The extra efforts were noticed as one side of the Goshen bleachers wore black and cheered while others held signs and wore Hawaiian shirts. As great as the support of students were at the games, neither team was able to come out with a win at the end of the night.
Despite the loss, Liz Tecca, a sophomore guard, set a women’s basketball single game record, scoring 34 points for the night. The women’s team tried for a comeback but fell short, losing 86-97.
The men’s team also gave a great effort, with Jerron Jamerson, a senior, and Tre Boyd, a first-year, each scoring 19 points. In the end the team fell to the Nazarene’s 88-98.
The men play their next game at Marian on Wednesday evening and the women play again on Saturday when they travel to Taylor University. The teams thank fans for their support as they near the end of their season.