BALTIMORE, Md. - For the third time in the first four games of the season, sophomore Dwayne Morton (Waynesville, Mo./Waynesville) went into double-figures, as he scored a team-high 10 points for the Goucher men's basketball team in an exhibition game at NCAA Division I member Loyola on Tuesday night.
On the night, Loyola was victorious over the Gophers in the contest, 97-45, which was held at Reitz Arena.
In the game, the Gophers came out strong to open the contest, taking an early 8-5 lead on Loyola after first-year Devon Esslinger (Las Cruces, N.M./Las Cruces) knocked down a jumper with 15 minutes to go in the first half.
But, the host Greyhounds quickly took the lead back at 9-8 at the 14-minute mark, then extended the lead out to 15-8 with 12:27 left. Goucher, however, quickly cut the lead back down to four after first-year Timmy O'Farrell (Davidsonville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) nailed a three-pointer, making it a 15-11 game.
With 10:28 to go in the half, the Gophers remained in the game, trailing the Greyhounds by just six points (19-13). But, Loyola ended the half on a 25-4 run to take a commanding 44-17 lead into intermission.
In the second half, Loyola continued to increase their lead over Goucher, eventually going up by 30 points (52-22) early in the period. The deficit was too much for the Gophers to come back from, as the host Greyhounds went on to take the exhibition tilt by a sizeable margin.
Overall, Morton led the way with his 10-point effort for Goucher. Meanwhile, Esslinger nearly recorded a double-double, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Pat Goralski (Pasadena, Md. /Chesapeake) rounded out the top performers for Goucher in the contest with six points and six rebounds.
The Goucher College men's basketball team will now be idle for the next week, returning to action on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Eastern. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.