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Gophers rips through Mustangs defense for win

Kevin Miles followed a 33-point performance against RIT with a 31-point game against Stevenson.

Kevin Miles followed a 33-point performance against RIT with a 31-point game against Stevenson.

It’s not very often a team can shoot 46-percent from the floor and lose but the Stevenson men’s basketball did that as they fell to 0-2 on the year with a 87-76 loss to local rival Goucher. Though Christian Robertson scored 33 points and Sean Mayberry had 21, the Mustangs could not stop the Gophers from scoring. Goucher shot 56.9-percent from the floor to earn the victory.

From the opening tip it as clear the Gophers ere going to be able to easily penetrate the Mustangs defense to get to the rim. Chris Outing ran right up the court for an easy layup and Kevin Miles moved into the paint as Goucher took an 8-4 lead. But Goucher went on 9-2 run not long after to open up a 19-10 lead.

Roberts and Mayberry kept doing what they had to do to keep the Mustangs in the game. Roberts scored Stevenson’s next four baskets and Mayberry sunk a pair of jumpers to tie the game but they were unable to ever take the lead. Even an 8-0 run in just a one-minute span couldn’t get the Mustangs a tie because Goucher had so much success shooting in the first half. They shot 51.7-percent before the break. and took a 39-37 lead into halftime.

Stevenson was shooting a very good 45.7-percent and hit even a higher-percentage of their shots in the second half, but so did Goucher. The Gophers shot 63.6-percent from the floor.

Kevin Miles had 31 points in the game, Tucker Canary finished with 16 as he made four three-pointers.

With 5:50 left on the clock the Mustangs trailed Goucher 71-61 but used a 8-2 run to close the game. However, the Gophers responded by scoring six-straight points to re-gain a double-digit lead with under two minutes left in the game. That cushion was enough to keep the Mustangs away and they hit eight of 10 free throw attempts in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

It seems to be a reversal from last year with the Gophers and Mustangs. Stevenson earned a trip to the NIT last season but have started this year with back-to-back losses. After winning only four games last year the Gophers are 2-1 and have won their last two games by an averaged of 13.5 points.

Goucher will play Navy on Sunday before returning to Division III action at the Turkey Weekend Tournament next weekend in Salem, Va. Stevenson will host Dickinson ad Emory in the Hoopsville Classic this weekend.

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