November 24, 2012

Gophers Fall in Final Game of Leftwich V-Foundation Classic

Harris Named to All-Tournament Team

SALEM, Va. — Goucher benefitted from balance scoring but Roanoke's offense proved to be too strong, as the hosts closed out the 2012 Dick Leftwich V-Foundation Classic with a win.

Goucher (1-3) never led, doomed by a 7:17 stretch early in the first half in which the team did not hit a single field goal. After Alex Noble (Clinton, Md./Surrattsville) made a conventional three-point play to tie the score 9-9 at 16:43, the Gophers did not convert a field goal until Norman Allen II (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) hit a jumper at 9:26.

Roanoke (4-0) had a lead as large as 26 in the first half, but Goucher rallied to score the last four points of the first half as part of an 11-2 run. That was the closest the game would get in the second half, however, as Roanoke never led by less than 17 after intermission.

Seven Gophers had at least five points with four scoring in double figures, with Julian Livingston (Bowie, Md./Fairmont Heights) topping the list with 13. Noble had 11 for Goucher and Troy DeShields (Seaford, Del./Sussex Technical) and Brian Morton II (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) each had 10.

Richard Harris (Clinton, Md./Surrattsville), who did not play today due to an illness, was named to the all-tournament team thanks to his 26 point effort against Lynchburg on Friday.

Kwasi Amponsah lead all scorers with 18 for Roanoke and was honored as the tournament's most valuable player. 11 members of the Maroons scored.