January 19, 2013

Furious Rally Comes Up Short as Rangers Hold Off Gophers

Rangers Shoot a Torrid 52.2% From the Floor

TOWSON, Md. — Drew led by 11 with 5:04 remaining but Goucher chipped away, leading to an exciting stretch run. The Rangers held on for a hard-fought 65-60 victory.

Goucher (5-11, 3-3 Landmark) opened up dominating in the paint, holding an 18-4 edge in points in the paint in the first half, also scoring all 10 second chance points in the frame. Trae Lindsay (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) created much of that inside advantage, scoring eight points and pulling down seven rebounds in his 14 first-half minutes.

In that first half, Goucher led for 3:13 in a half featured four lead changes and two ties in the middle minutes. Rallying from a 10-point deficit with 9:13 left in the half, the Gophers used an 8-0 run to get into the break only down by 3.

Out of the break, Goucher managed to tie the score on a Linday jumper, leveling the score at 38-38, but a 13-2 run from Drew (9-8, 3-3 Landmark) made the lead double-figures once again.

Goucher scored the game's next seven points, but the Rangers responded with a 7-0 run of their own, to once again make the edge 11, now with just 5:04 left.

Mico James (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) scored four straight points for Goucher to make the lead seven, and after an exchange of baskets, James sliced the lead to a more managable five with 2:58 left.

James responded to a Drew basket with another three to make the lead four courtesy of a Troy Parker Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) assist, but the Gophers could not get the stops they needed as Luke Glass scored five of Drew's last seven points to ice the game.

Glass led all scorers with 16 points. Lindsay had the most among Goucher players with 12, joined by James in double figures with 11. Troy DeShields (Seaford, Del./Sussex Technical), Julian Livingston (Bowie, Md./Fairmont Heights) and Richard Harris (Clinton, Md./Surrattsville) each had nine.

Eight of the nine Goucher players with minutes tonight tallied at least one assist.

Brian Morton II (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) had four steals, marking the seventh straight game in which he has notched multiple steals.