SALEM, Va. - In his first game back on the floor for the 2017-18 season, senior Elliott Wiley (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) poured in a game-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough, as the Goucher College men's basketball team dropped a 69-51 decision at Roanoke on Saturday. The game was a part of the 2017 Cregger Invitational.
With the loss, the Gophers fell to 0-8 overall for the year, while Roanoke improved to 6-3 with the victory.
In the opening frame of the contest, the action was close between the teams, as Goucher took their first lead of the afternoon on a Wiley three with 11:42 to go in the first half (10-9). Roanoke, however, quickly took the lead back with a three of their own.
After Wiley nailed another three to give Goucher the lead back at 13-12, Roanoke grabbed the lead back with a basket. From there, the Maroons led the contest for the rest of the first half, as a 9-0 run by Roanoke extended a 17-15 lead out to 26-15 with three minutes to go in the frame.
Goucher was able to slice the Roanoke lead down to six points late in the half (28-22), but the Maroons scored the final basket of the half to take a 30-22 lead into intermission
To open the second half, the Gophers quickly cut the Roanoke lead down to five points (30-25), but the Maroons proceeded to go on a back-breaking 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take an insurmountable 43-25 lead with 14 minutes left.
The 18-point deficit proved to be too much for the Gophers to come back from, as they were unable to cut the Roanoke lead down to single-digits the rest of the way.
Overall, Wiley was terrific in his return to the court, as he matched a career-high with his 20-point effort. He also pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds in the defeat to notch a double-double in his 2017-18 debut.
The Goucher College men's basketball team will finish off play at the Cregger Invitational on Sunday, as they will take on either Wesley or Hood at a time to be determined. Check with athletics.goucher.edu for a start time later today.