GOSHEN, Ind. — Austin Branagan scored 21 points off the bench for Goshen College Tuesday night, but Brandon Durnell’s double-double led Spring Arbor University to an 87-65 victory over the Maple Leafs in Goshen’s men’s basketball home finale at Gunden Gymnasium.
Durnell led the visitors with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Jeff Beckman added 19 points and Paul Marandet scored 17 for the Cougars (18-11, 9-8). Tahj Curry scored 15 points for the Maple Leafs (4-25, 0-17) and led the team with 5 assists, matching Marandet for the game high.
Spring Arbor shot 54 percent to Goshen’s 40 percent from the floor; the Cougars also hit 40 percent of their 3-point shots to GC’s 30 percent and outrebounded the Maple Leafs 40-28. Payton DeWildt added 7 boards for SAU.
Branagan paced the Maple Leafs with 9 field goals and 6 assists while joining Curry in sinking 2 triples; Marandet’s 3 3-pointers were a game high.
Spring Arbor scored the game’s first basket and quickly ran the lead to 9 points at 12-3. The Cougars led by as many as 15 points in the first half before triples from Branagan and Trevor Franklin made it 44-34 at the intermission.
SAU answered every Goshen score in the first 12 minutes of the second half, including an 11-0 run as the margin reached as many as 31 points. Goshen finished the game on a 10-4 run over the last 3:27.
Goshen travels to Bethel on Saturday for the final game of the 2019-20 season, which comes against rival Bethel at the Wiekamp Athletic Center in Mishawaka. Tip-off is set for approximately 3 p.m. with the winner receiving half a point in the U.S. Highway 20 Cup standings.