TOWSON, Md. – Goucher's two senior guards went out with a bang in their final game for the Gophers, as the Men's Basketball team fell to Scranton, 77-60, following a strong first half.
Guard Elliott Wiley (Baltimore, Md.) led the team in scoring, with 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting, the fifth straight game the senior has topped 20 points, and he has hit double figures in all but one of his 16 games this season. Meanwhile, senior Travon Hicks (Baltimore, Md.) made his first start this season and followed with his first basket of the season, a short jumper in the paint, late in the second half.
The Gophers got off to a hot start, taking an early 11-3 lead on a 3 pointer by sophomore guard Dwayne Morton (Waynesville, Mo.), who finished with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
A three by first-year Timmy O'Farrell (Davidsonville, Md.) and a jumper by sophomore Pat Goralski (Pasadena, Md.) rounded out a solid first half for Goucher, who took a 33-29 lead into the half, the second straight game the Gophers led at halftime.
A Wiley jumper pushed the Gopher lead to 6 early in the second half, and the score was tied at 49 with 8:14 to play, but a subsequent 23-6 Scranton run, led by Drew Schankweiller (24 points, 10-for-13 shooting) put the game out of reach. After a hot shooting first half, (15-for-31, 48%), the Gophers cooled off in the second half (9-for-26, 35%), as Goucher was outscored 48-27 after halftime.
First-years Jacob Smith (Callaway, Va.), with 7 points, and O'Farrell, with 5 points, rounded out the top scorers for Goucher, while first-year Devon Esslinger (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Goralski each had multiple baskets for the Gophers as well.
The Gophers finished out their 2017-18 season with a 0-24 record, 0-14 in the Landmark Conference, and an emotional farewell to two beloved seniors.