Witherspoon's eight OT points save day for Goucher, 72-68 Calvert Hall product adds steal, free throws against Johns Hopkins

November 26, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Goucher coach Leonard Trevino said forward Tavar Witherspoon will be his team's go-to guy this season. Johns Hopkins found out why last night.

Witherspoon, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, scored eight of his team's 10 overtime points and made a clutch steal in the final seconds to help host Goucher defeat Johns Hopkins, 72-68, at the Sports & Recreation Center.

The extra period belonged to Witherspoon, a Calvert Hall graduate. He scored the first points of the overtime and later made two free throws with 25 seconds left to break a 68-68 tie.

Johns Hopkins (2-1) then tried to run down the clock and work for one shot, but Witherspoon ruined its plans. He reached around Greg Roehrig to steal Jake Stroman's pass with four seconds left.

Witherspoon then sealed the victory with two free throws.

"In the second half and the overtime, I got more into the offense," said Witherspoon, who finished with a team-high 19 points and six rebounds. "They were playing good defense."

L Said Trevino: "You can't keep a good player down all night."

Johns Hopkins kept Witherspoon and Goucher (2-1) down much of the first half. Roehrig, who hit 13 of 16 from the field to score a game-high 28 points, made his first three shots to help the Blue Jays take a 10-0 lead.

Johns Hopkins held a double-digit lead through much of the early minutes. But the Gophers slowly worked their way back, cutting the deficit to 30-26 at halftime.

Bakari Ward (16 points), Mike Doyle (13 points) and Witherspoon sparked Goucher in the second half. Ward's leaning layup with 15 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

The Blue Jays shot well (57 percent) but turned the ball over 19 times -- 14 in the second half and overtime -- and Goucher often converted those into baskets.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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