Cougar Basketball Game Recap
Cougars' Rally Comes up Short in 77-62
Loss at Goshen
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
GOSHEN, Ind. (1-17-2012) - The Mount Vernon
Nazarene University men's basketball team
dug itself a big hole in the first half and
the 18-point deficit proved to be too much
despite a valiant second-half comeback
attempt as the Cougars fell 77-62 at Goshen
(Ind.) College in Mid-Central College
Conference action on Tuesday night.
MVNU (8-13, 2-7 MCC) actually held a 9-8
lead after the first five minutes as senior
guard Robbie Taylor scored the Cougars'
first five points and sophomore post Caleb
Williams and junior forward Zach Zeltman
each added a basket.
MVNU went the
next 3:18 without scoring as the host Maple
Leafs (15-6, 5-4 MCC) 13 straight points to
take a 21-9 lead. Another 10-4 run by Goshen
followed the Cougars found themselves
trailing 31-13 with 8:39 still to play in
the first half.
MVNU was unable to
pull any closer than 12 points the rest of
the first half, and the Cougars went to the
locker room at the break trailing 43-28.
Taylor led MVNU with nine first-half
points, while Williams added eight points
and senior forward Danil Zakhlebnyy tossed
in seven points. The Cougars shot just 33.3
percent from the field (8-for-24), 28.6
percent from 3-point range (2-for-7), and
made all 10 of their free throw attempts.
MVNU also turned the ball over 12 times in
the first half.
Geoffry Gilot paced
the Maple Leafs with nine points and four
rebounds in the first half, while Matthew
Martin and Kody Chandler added six points
each. Goshen shot 50 percent from the field
(15-for-30), 28.6 percent from 3-point range
(4-for-14), and 81.8 percent from the free
throw line (9-for-11).
roared out of the locker room to start the
second half as MVNU used a 22-11 run to
close the gap to 54-50 by the 10:51 mark.
Williams led the surge with eight points,
while Zakhlebnyy and Taylor added five
That would be as close
as the Cougars would get the rest of the
way, though, as the Maple Leafs answered
with an 8-1 run to push their lead back to
62-51 with 9:08 to go. MVNU was able to pull
within nine points on four occasions the
rest of the way, but the Cougars made just
one field goal over the final 5:25 as Goshen
pulled away for the 77-62 victory.
Taylor and Williams each scored 16 points to
pace MVNU, while Zakhlebnyy added 15 points.
However, the rest of the team only combined
to add 15 points. The Cougars shot 40
percent from the field (18-for-45), 35.7
percent from 3-point range (5-for-14), and
87.5 percent from the free throw line
(21-for-24). MVNU committed 21 turnovers in
the game and was out-rebounded 34-24.
Martin, Gilot, and Kyle Davis all scored
14 points apiece to lead the Maple Leafs,
while Chandler added 11 points. Goshen shot
50 percent from the field (26-for-52), 23.8
percent from 3-point range (5-for-21), and
71.4 percent from the free throw line
The Cougars will look to
bounce back on Saturday at 3 p.m. when MVNU
will travel to Grace (Ind.) College for
another MCC contest. The Lancers (17-3, 7-2
MCC), who are ranked No. 5 in the latest
NAIA Division II poll, are coming off 66-57
loss at Marian (Ind.) University on Tuesday
night. They defeated the Cougars 91-69 back
on November 22 at MVNU.