Goucher Falls Short in Landmark Conference Home Opener to 25th Ranked Susquehanna University

Goucher Falls Short in Landmark Conference Home Opener to 25th Ranked Susquehanna University

TOWSON, MD. - The Goucher College(2-7, 0-1Men's Basketball hosted defending Landmark Conference Champions Susquehanna University (5-1, 1-0) this afternoon in each team's conference opener. The River Hawks came into the game ranked 25th in the nation.  Susquehanna controlled the lead from the opening tip and led the Gophers by 15 at halftime.  Susquehanna extended the lead to 18 points(44-26)  two minutes into the second half and it looked as if the home squad was overmatched However, Goucher went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 8 points (44-36). The Gophers closed within 3 points (46-43) with a 7-2 run over the next 2 minutes. Susquehanna then went on their own run and pulled away from Goucher by 9 points (54-45) at the 8:41 mark. The Gophers didn't quit and went on a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to reduce the River Hawks lead to 2 points (56-54) with 7:07 remaining. Susquehanna was able to hold on over the next seven minutes to secure the win by a final score of 68-62. 

Senior Tre Galloway (Fort Washington, MD) (23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks) led the Gophers while Junior Elliott Wiley (Baltimore, MD) (20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals) also contributed.

The River Hawks were led by Steven Weidlich(19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) and Ryan Traub (20 points)

How It Happened:

• Susquehanna out shot Goucher from the field 46% to 37%.
• The Gophers outrebounded the River Hawks on the offensive glass 16 to 10, but only outscored them on second chance points 11-9.
* Goucher pressed the River Hawks in the second half which allowed them to get back into the game.

Coach's Thoughts:

• "Susquehanna did a good job of getting the ball inside to Ryan Traub and took advantage of his size" 

• "I thought we played well in the second half, but we dug a deep hole for ourselves in the first half. Although, Susquehanna had something to do with that as they shot 52%" 

• "We're an inexperienced team and at times we will have mental errors that will be very costly, but we need to correct those mistakes as the season progresses. I'm not happy with the loss, but it is encouraging to see us improving and how we competed in the second half against a very talented team"

Next Up:

• The Gophers return to action on Friday, December 9, as they travel to Gallaudet University for non-conference game. Goucher will tip-off at 6:00 pm.