BALTIMORE, Md. – Head coach Tom Rose has announced his 2019-20 Goucher College men's basketball schedule. The slate is highlighted by 11 games at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center, two exhibition games against NCAA Division I teams and two tournaments.
The Gophers will open the season on the road at Valley Forge on November 8. It will be the fourth meeting against Valley Forge with Goucher leading the series 3-0 including a 77-63 decision last year. The squad will open the season on the road for the first time since 2015-16 and the second time under Rose.
Johns Hopkins will be the opponent in the home opener on November 12 in the 17th meeting against the Blue Jays.
"We have several programs on our schedule, who have qualified for the NCAA tournament," said Rose. "The tough non-conference schedule will prepare us for Landmark conference play."
After the game against Johns Hopkins, Goucher will hit the road for three games starting with two games at the Dick Leftwich Tip-Off Tournament. The Gophers will open the tournament against the host Maroons and head coach Clay Nunley, a 1998 graduate of Goucher, on November 15. It will be the 16th meeting against Roanoke and the second time Rose and Nunly will square off on the court. Nunley played at Goucher when Rose was an assistant coach and was a member of the 1995 squad that won the first NCAA Division I Tournament game in school history.
The Gophers would then face York or Johnson & Wales in the consolation or championship game on November 16 of the Dick Leftwich Tip-Off Tournament. It would be the first meeting against Johnson & Wales while Goucher would renew an old foe from its Capital Athletic Conference days with York. It would be the first meeting against the Spartans since 2006-07 with York holding a 21-19 edge.
After the tournament in Virginia, Goucher conclude its three-game road trip at Christendom on November 19. Goucher holds a 1-0 lead in the series with Christendom after taking the inaugural meeting last season.
After the three-game road trip, the Gophers return to Decker for three of its next four games, starting with Salisbury on November 23. Salisbury is on the schedule for the 37th time in program history with Gophers looking for their first win since 2004-05.
The squad will then travel to face NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute (VMI) for an exhibition game for the second-straight year on November 26 before returning home to host Gwynedd Mercy (December 2) and Scranton (December 7). It will be the seventh meeting with Gwynedd Mercy with Goucher looking for its first win since 2001-02. Scranton will be the December Landmark Conference game for the second-straight season.
After opening the conference slate, Goucher head to face another NCAA Division I opponent at William & Mary on December 15 before traveling to Florida for the West Palm Beach Tournament on December 20-21. The squad will open the tournament against host Oglethorpe on the first day in the first meeting between the two teams. The Gophers could face Geneva for the first time or battle an old Landmark Conference foe in Merchant Marine in the second day of the tournament. It would be the 19th meeting in the all-time series and the first since 2014-15 against Merchant Marine.
"Our two tournaments will provide us an opportunity to bond while playing some very good competition," said Rose. "The trip to Florida provides a nice bridge as we prepare for conference play during the holiday break."
Goucher will travel to Cairn on December 30 to close out 2019 looking for its second win in a row after defeating Cairn 71-70 in the inaugural meeting last season.
In its final non-conference game, the Gophers will host Gallaudet on January 8 in the first meeting since 2016-17 with Goucher holding a 32-10 lead in the all-time series.
The squad will restart league play at Susquehanna on January 11 before returning home to host Elizabethtown (January 15) and Drew (January 18).
"The conference is always very competitive because every game has an impact on who qualifies for the playoffs," said Rose. "It's important to have the team prepared and ready to compete."
Juniata (January 22) starts a three-game road trip to end the month of January with trips to Moravian (January 25) and Catholic (January 29) also on the docket.
Goucher hosts Susquehanna (February 1) and Juniata (February 5) before traveling to Drew (February 8) and Elizabethtown (February 12) and then comes home for its final homestand of the regular season.
Moravian (February 15) and Catholic (February 19) close out the regular season at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. Catholic was the team that the Gophers faced in its most memorable game of 2018-19 after Timmy O'Farrell hit the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer and Goucher won the contest in overtime.
For all conference doubleheaders the men's basketball teams will open the doubleheader at 2 p.m. and the women will follow at 4 p.m.
The Top-4 teams in the standings will play in the Landmark Conference semifinals on February 26 with the championship tilt scheduled for February 29.