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Strong second half powers Gophers to victory

Tucker Canary came off the bench for Goucher but did a great job running the team's offense and finished with nine points, five assists and four rebounds.

Tucker Canary came off the bench for Goucher but did a great job running the team’s offense and finished with nine points, five assists and four rebounds.

Chris Outing recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Brian Ball led the Gophers with a 17-point effort off the bench as Goucher improved to 3-9 on the season and 2-1 in the Landmark Conference with a 58-53 victory over Juniata.

Goucher was lights-out from 3-point range, making nine from distance, and were able to hold off the Eagles in the second half.

Juniata started the game out great and it looked like it would be just another one of those games for the Gophers after they fell behind 13-2 two minutes into the contests. But Outing and Tucker Canary got things going for Goucher. Canary found outing inside for an easy layup at the 10:54 mark and on the next possession he did the job himself and dunk a 3-pointers. On their next possession, after a defensive rebound by Outing to gain possession after a missed Nate Ogle 3-pointers, he finished the playo on the other side to make it six-straight points.

Juniata scored on back-to-back plays but another small run tied things up for Goucher. This time it was Canary and Ball doing the damage. Just one second over eight minutes remaining in the second half, Ball was on the outside with space in front of him and took the pass from Canary and hit a three. Canary, following yet another defensive rebound by Outing, sunk another three. Ball followed the possession up with an mid-range jumper.

From there on, the first half was incredible competitive but the Eagles still went into the intermission with a four-point lead, 30-26.

In the second half the Eagler were able to just keep their distance from the Gophers for most of the first half but a 10-point run over barely more than two minutes gave Goucher a lead they would never give up.

Trailing 44-0 with 9:36 left in the game, Ball sunk another 3-pointers and a minute later, after a missed three by Kyle Koehler, Outing hit a jumper to take a 45-44 lead. More missed jumpers by the Eagles, including another missed 3-pointers by Koehler, Norman Allen II hit a mid-range jumpers. Just a few seconds later after yet another defensive rebound by Outing following a missed Juniata shot, Allen hit a three to give Goucher a 50-44 lead.

Koehler finally hit a shot but Outing just wouldn’t let the Eagles make a run. Outing scored two more times to extend the Gopher lead to eight points and they were able to hold on because of their free throw shooting after the Eagles kept stopping the clock with fouls.

Canary played 22 minutes off the bench but did a great job running the offense and finished with nine points, five assists and four rebounds.

Juniata made just one 3-pointers in the game on 17 attempts while Goucher held the Eagles to the fewest points they allowed all season. Since their poor 0-6 start, Goucher has begun to heat up and has played much better over the last month. Since the start of December, Gougher has gone 3-3. Much of that has to do with Outing coming on strong. Since Dec. 3 he’s averaged 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

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