BALTIMORE, Md. – Dwayne Morton (Waynesville, Mo./Waynesville) fueled a Goucher College 23-11 run in the second half with 15 points to tie the game against Drew University at 57 and the junior finished with a career-high 31 points in the game, but the Rangers closed the game by scoring 16 of the final 25 points to earn a 73-66 decision in Landmark Conference men's basketball action on Saturday.
Morton shot 11-for-17 from the floor, 3 of 6 from behind the arc and 6 of 6 from the free throw line to notch the most points in a game since Elliott Wiley posted 26 points against Catholic on Jan. 14, 2018 and the first 30-point performance since Kevin Miles had 33 points against Elizabethtown on Feb. 6, 2016. The junior has reached double figures in points in four-straight games, 8 of 10 and 15 times this season while posting his fourth 20-point or more outburst. Morton added seven rebounds and four assists on the afternoon. It was the seventh time this season he has hauled in at least five rebounds. The junior leads the team with 14.3 points per game.
Pat Goralski (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) added 11 points. The junior has posted double figures in points in back-to-back games, two of the last three and 10 times this season.
The contest marks the first game that Goucher College is participating in NABC Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Fans can make a donation based on every 3-pointer the Gophers hit or a one-time donation. The Gophers are estimating they will hit 30 from behind the arc in the six games in the month of February and are off to a good start after hitting six in the game against Drew. For more information, click here.
In the first half, the Rangers took the lead from the tip, but Goucher battled closely for the six minutes of the game. Drew closed the final 14 minutes on a 27-13 run to take a 40-25 lead going into the locker room.
Morton powered the second-half run to tie the game at 57 and the Gophers had a chance to tie it with a 3-ball at 60-57 with 3:38 left and 62-59 with 2:51 left, but a turnover and a missed jumper did not go Goucher's way. A layup and a 10-for-12 performance from the free throw line for the Rangers ended the game.
Goucher returns to action and at the Decker Sports & Recreation Center on Wednesday night against Elizabethtown College. Tipoff is 7 p.m. It will be the next game in the NABC Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.
The 2019 Coaches vs Cancer 3-Point Challenge unites college and high school basketball teams from across country for a common cause – ending cancer. Help us beat cancer on the court by pledging for every Goucher 3-pointer made during the month of February. Your support will help the American Cancer Society lead the fight for a world without cancer. Every Shot Counts. Every Life Counts. Make your pledge today!