OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Sophomore Dwayne Morton (Waynesville, Mo./Waynesville) scored in double-figures for the seventh time on the year, tallying a team-high 15 points for the Goucher College men's basketball team at Stevenson on Wednesday night, as the host Mustangs knocked off the Gophers, 76-51, in non-conference action.
With the defeat, Goucher fell to 0-10 overall, while Stevenson improved to 7-4 with the win.
In the first half, things were close between the Gophers and Mustangs in the first four minutes, as Stevenson held a slim 7-5 lead over Goucher four minutes into the contest.
Stevenson, however, went on a 13-6 spurt over the next five minutes to go up by double-digits for the first time on the night at 21-11 with 11:46 to go in the first half.
The offense continued to be tough to come by for the Gophers for the remainder of the period, as Stevenson took their biggest lead of the night at 36-17 with four minutes to go in the period after a 15-6 spurt. Goucher, however, was able to score the final four points of the first half and trailed Stevenson by a 40-25 ledger at intermission.
To start the second half, Stevenson quickly took their biggest lead of the game at 46-25 in the first two minutes of regulation in the period over the Gophers. The 21-point deficit proved to be too much for Goucher to come back from the rest of the night, as the closest the Gophers came to the Stevenson lead the rest of the game was 17 points (on two separate occasions).
Overall, Morton led the Gophers in scoring for the fifth time on the year with his 15-point performance on the evening. Morton also pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists in the defeat, as well.
Elsewhere, first-year Jacob Smith (Callaway, Va./Franklin County) chipped in with 14 points, matching a season-high. He also pulled down seven rebounds in the loss, which was a team-high for Goucher on the evening.
The Goucher College men's basketball team will now take a break for the upcoming holiday season, returning to action on January 3, as they take the short trip to Johns Hopkins for their final non-conference game of the year. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.