Hot Shooting Pushes Goucher Past Men's Basketball

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Kevin Miles finished with 31 points as Goucher College downed Stevenson University 87-76 in men's basketball Tuesday night at Owings Mills Gymnasium.  The Gophers improved to 2-1 with the victory, while the Mustangs fall to 0-2.

Miles led four Gophers in double figures on the evening, going 10-21 from the floor and 9-12 at the free throw line.  Tucker Canary was 4-5 behind the arc and finished with 16 points, while Ibrahim Kallon went 5-6 from the floor and totaled 13 points.  Chris Outing added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Senior Christian Roberts matched his career high with 33 points for Stevenson, going 14-23 from the floor.  Roberts connected on his first eight field goal attempts.  Sophomore Sean Mayberry was 8-13 from the floor and registered a career-best 21 points, while junior Ryan Hill added 10 for the Mustangs.

Stevenson trailed 71-61 with 5:50 remaining when it used an 8-2 run capped by a pair of Hill free throws to cut the lead to four, 73-69, with 3:42 to go.  Goucher led 75-71 when it scored six straight points to push the lead back to 10 with just under two minutes left.  The Gophers maintained at least an eight-point cushion the rest of the way, going 8-10 from the free throw line in the final 1:50 to secure the victory.

The hosts trailed 39-37 at halftime but took their first lead of the game, 42-41, on a Roberts three 1:33 into the second half.  The lead was short-lived, as Jesse Mondry scored on the next Gopher possession.  Stevenson and Goucher traded the lead twice before a Canary three with 16:19 left gave the guests the lead for good.  Goucher opened its largest lead, 66-55, with just over eight minutes left on a conventional three-point play by Miles.

Goucher never trailed in the first half and used a 9-2 run to open up a 19-10 lead on a Miles three with 12:40 left in the period.  Stevenson outscored the Gophers 15-6 over the next five-plus minutes and a Mayberry layup 7:11 before intermission tied the game 25-25.  The guests scored the next five points to open up a 30-25 lead and led 38-31 with just over three minutes to go before the Mustangs whittled the lead down to two, 39-37, at the break.

The Gophers shot 63.6% (14-22) from the floor over the final 20 minutes and 56.9% (29-51) for the game while also going 23-33 at the free throw line.  Stevenson, which was outrebounded 36-30, shot 46% (29-63) for the game and went 16-27 at the charity stripe.

Stevenson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Dickinson College in the first round of the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic at 6:00 pm at Owings Mills Gymnasium.