Maple Leafs hold off Rio men


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



MARION, Ind. — Goshen College survived a furious comeback effort by the University of Rio Grande in the closing minutes to post an 87-82 win over the RedStorm in the final round of the Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic, Saturday afternoon, at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Luckey Arena.

The Maple Leafs improved to 2-0 with the victory.

Rio Grande slipped to 0-2 with the loss.

Goshen grabbed its biggest lead of the day, 63-50, after a three-pointer by Carter Boos with 12:45 left to play, but the RedStorm methodically chipped away and drew to within one, 79-78, after a steal and a bucket by sophomore Cameron Schreiter (Mason, OH) with 49 seconds remaining.

Christian Grider countered with a three-pointer on the Maple Leafs ensuing possession, though, and Rio got no closer the rest of the way.

Grider finished with a game-high 27 points for Goshen, which closed the first half on a 9-2 run to take a 46-37 lead at the intermission.

Billy Geschke and Devin Heath-Granger added 24 and 11 points, respectively, in the winning effort for the Maple Leafs, while Alhassan Barrie pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Senior Will Hill (Worthington, OH) led Rio Grande with 20 points, including a 12-for-12 showing at the free throw line.

Sophomore Stanley Christian (Norfolk, VA) added 18 points in a losing cause for the RedStorm, while freshman Raul Timoner (Alaior, Spain) handed out a game-high six assists and pulled down a team-best five rebounds.

Rio Grande returns to action next Friday, taking on host Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the opening round of the MVNU Classic. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.