Huntington, Ind. - The Foresters had no answer for Maple Leaf point guard, Jeremy Pope, as the HU men's basketball team (20-8, 8-6) suffered a disappointing 88-81 loss to Goshen College (10-17, 3-11) on Saturday afternoon .
After leading for the majority of the first half behind Tyler Shively's 12 points, the Foresters came up short in the final four minutes as Nate Manning's trey tied things up at 30-30. The Maple Leafs went on to outscore HU 13-5 in the final minutes to take a 43-35 lead into intermission. Despite shooting 50.0 percent (12-for-24) for the half and knocking down four shots behind the arc, the Foresters struggled to take care of the ball as Goshen converted nine HU turnovers into 16 points.
Kellen Zawadzki came alive in the final twenty minutes to score 24 points but it wouldn't be enough as the Maple Leafs had an answer for every Forester run. Shane Merryman's bucket at the 15:20 mark brought HU within two at 47-45 but they would get no closer as the Foresters came up empty on six of their next nine possessions to allow Goshen to grow the lead to nine at 60-51 midway through the period.
The Maple Leafs took their largest lead of the contest at 67-55 two minutes later but a pesky Forester squad clawed their way back to pull with six with just under four minute remaining. This time Goshen answered with six consecutive points to push the lead back to 12 and it proved to be more than HU could overcome as the Maple Leafs cruised to their third MCC win of the season.
The Foresters were led by Zawadzki's 32 points and nine boards. Other double digits scorers for HU was Shively with 20, Shane Merryman with 11 and Caleb Kennedy with 10. Jeremy Pope poured in a career-high 32 points to pace the Maple Leafs. Matthew Martin and Nate Manning tossed in 14 and 12 points respectively. Kyle Davis and Carl Steen each finished with 10 points. Davis also dished out a game-high nine assists and grabbed a team-high eight boards. Box Score