Maroons Make Gophers Pay for Slow Start in OT
Yambor Registers Double-Double of 20 Points, 10 Rebounds
SALEM, Va. — Goucher was outscored 8-0 during the first 3:34 of overtime as the Gophers bowed to Roanoke, 90-86, this afternoon.
On their first six possessions of the five-minute extra session, the Gophers (0-5) went 0-for-5 from the field and committed a pair of turnovers. The Maroons, on the other hand, took an 80-77 lead on a 3-point basket by Adam Kessler and an 82-77 advantage on a layup by Jack Hamilton. Before Alex Noble (Clinton, Md./Surrattsville) tallied Goucher's first points of overtime by sinking a pair of free throws with 1:25 left to play, Kessler connected on another 3-point attempt to put Roanoke up 85-77.
Marcus Cotton (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) made it a one-possession game at 85-82 by nailing a 3-pointer with :23 showing on the clock, but the five free throws the Maroons (1-3) made down the stretch sealed the victory even though Shane Yambor (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) and Kevin Miles (District Heights, Md./Gwynn Park) both converted layups for Goucher in the closing seconds.
Both teams were ahead by as many as eight points in the first half, but after the Gophers went on a 22-6 run to assume a 33-25 lead, the Maroons closed out the period with a 18-4 spurt and headed to their locker room up by six at 43-37.
Goucher had to overcome another eight-point deficit in the second half, but from the time a free throw by Trae Lindsay (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) capped a run of eight straight points by the Gophers that created a 56-56 tie with 10:52 remaining in regulation until the start of overtime, the two teams were never separated by more than three points.
Yambor was Goucher's leading scorer and rebounder as he supplied the Gophers with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the fourth double-double of the senior forward's career. Cotton and Lindsay added 18 points apiece.
Four of Roanoke's five starters scored in double figures: Kwasi Amponsah finished with a game-high 24 points, Logan Singleton produced 20 points, Hamilton netted 16 and Clay Lacychipped in with 14.