Goucher's rallies fall short in 70-69 loss to St. Mary's Coach cites 'selfish' play, benches three starters

January 14, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Three of the Goucher Gophers' starters watched as their team trailed St. Mary's by one point with about a minute to play last night.

Their benchings had nothing to do with foul trouble. It was a message being sent by coach Leonard Trevino for what he deemed selfish play.

The Gophers rallied from 11- and six-point deficits late in the game but lost, 70-69, before 529 fans at Goucher's Sport and Recreation Center.

"We've got three starters who need to step up and show it's a team game," Trevino said. "The guys on the interior are selfish. They will not pass the ball to the perimeter. We need to determine if we have the right five starters on the floor. I thought our second and third teams did a much better job of spreading the ball around and playing team basketball."

Freshman reserve Dexter Martin's determined inside play helped rally Goucher (8-4, 2-1 Capital Athletic Conference).

He scored 11 of his 15 points in the Gophers' late runs. His three-point play and two foul shots pulled Goucher within one with a little more than a minute to play. Two foul shots from Chad Beeten with 15 seconds left gave Goucher a 69-68 lead.

But Barry Friedman capped his game-high 18-point night by reaching for a three-quarters court-length pass and putting in a layup with 10 seconds left for St. Mary's (4-8, 2-1). Beeten's off-balance shot for Goucher with four seconds left fell short.

"We play a tough nonconference schedule against two Division I schools, and I thought that really helped us tonight," St. Mary's coach Bob Flynn said. "We had our confidence down the stretch and we knew we could come away with the win."

Goucher's leaders, Predrag Durkovic and Beeten, were silent for much of the game after combining to score 10 of the Gophers' first 12 points. Beeten, who scored a team-high 14, connected on his first three shots in the opening minutes -- two three-pointers -- but went more than 15 minutes before scoring ++ again.

Durkovic, the second-leading scorer in Goucher history, hit the opening shot of the game, but did not score again until the 12-minute mark of the second half. He managed only one rebound in the first half, although he leads the team with nine per game. Durkovic brought a 16-point average into the game but finished with four points on 2-for-9 shooting.

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