Lancers top Goshen, improve to 8-0
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team topped 90 points for the fifth time this season, breezing by Goshen 94-58 on Tuesday.
The No. 3-ranked Lancers (8-0, 2-0 Crossroads League) continued their perfect start to the season by winning their eighth straight contest.
Grace had 11 players score during the rout, amassing an impressive 17 assists to five turnovers as a team.
Elijah Malone was a force to be reckoned with in the first half, and he started doing damage right away.
Malone dunked on the first play of the game. Then he blocked a shot on Goshen’s first play. He capped off the opening minute with a 3-pointer a few seconds later, handing the Lancers a fast 5-0 start.
The Lancers never trailed in the half, but the Maple Leafs scrapped and stayed within range.
Goshen used a few early 3-pointers to keep pace with Grace, but the Lancers remained in front.
Grace pulled ahead by 10 with 13 minutes to play in the half, but Goshen railed off six straight points to stay close.
The Lancers gained more separation in the final minutes, however, ending the half on an 8-0 run to grab a 45-31 lead at halftime.
Malone had 17 points to lead all players in the first half. Grace muscled its way to 22 points in the paint.
The Maple Leafs struggled against Grace’s defense, shooting just 29 percent from the floor. But Goshen helped its cause by turning the ball over once in the half.
Grace’s lead remained double digits throughout the second half. With 12 minutes remaining, the Lancers used an 11-2 run to create a 20-point lead.
The Lancers continued to build their lead until the final buzzer, employing their bench across the final four minutes as well.
Jaylen Reese and Cole Beck both hit a pair of 3-pointers off the bench during the last two minutes.
Malone finished the game with 21 points, 8 boards and 2 blocked shots in 22 minutes, and Cade Gibbs had 19 points and seven rebounds, shooting 8 of 11 from the floor.
Frankie Davidson tallied 17 points and eight rebounds, and Brycen Graber had 5 points, 9 assists and 1 steal with just 1 turnover.
Jake Wadding had seven points and eight rebounds, and Brett Sickafoose tallied seven points and four boards.
Grace shot 53 percent from the floor, while Goshen shot only 31 percent overall and 26 percent on 3-pointers.
Grace owned a plus-15 advantage in rebounds and finished with 44 points in the paint.
The Lancers have the rest of the week off before resuming Crossroads League play next week. Grace will travel to Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before returning home on Saturday for a home matchup against St. Francis.