Goucher withstands Cabrini 67-60 win moves Gophers into Div. III's second round

March 07, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Goucher College advanced to the second round of the NCAA men's Division III tournament with a 67-60 victory over Cabrini (Pa.) College before a home crowd of more than 1,000 last night.

The Gophers (23-5), seeded second in the Middle Atlantic Region, will play host to Alvernia (Pa.), tomorrow night at 7: 30. Alvernia defeated Lebanon Valley, 69-55, last night.

Goucher led 58-47 with 3: 40 remaining in regulation, but Cabrini fought back to make it a 62-58 game with 46 seconds left. Free throws by Bakari Ward (Arundel) and Mike Doyle helped put the game away.

Sophomore forward Tavar Witherspoon (Calvert Hall) led Goucher with 21 points and seven rebounds, and Ward and Predrag Durkovic each scored 13. Sean Tait led Cabrini (16-9) with 18 points and John Watson added 11.

"We were surprised by their defensive pressure and how they run the court," said Goucher coach Leonard Trevino. "I thought we were nervous in the early going, but in the last 10 minutes of the game, we played with poise."

The Gophers was able to build the 11-point margin in part because of costly intentional and technical fouls by Cabrini.

"We came unglued after that," said Cabrini coach John Dzik. "Any time you give up two free throws and the ball, those are the type of possessions that can hurt you."

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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