BayRunners' streak is 2 in win column

Goodrich scores 24 in 118-99 rout of Trenton

April 24, 2000|By Eric Prisbell | Eric Prisbell,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRENTON, N.J. -- The BayRunners, moving from glum to glee in two days, tried on a winning streak for size.

With a 118-99 win over the Trenton Shooting Stars before 565 at the Sovereign Bank Arena, the BayRunners(15-45) showed just what an injection of confidence will do.

The BayRunners broke a 22-game losing streak Saturday evening with a two-point sigh-of-relief triumph over East Conference champ Cincinnati.

Baltimore -- with a two-game winning streak, matching its longest of the season -- controlled Trenton (29-31) from start to finish.

Steve Goodrich, playing a few miles from where he was Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton, was the catalyst last night, scoring 19 of his team-high 24 in the first half.

Lonnie Harrell added 20 for the BayRunners. Trenton's Tyrone Grant finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the Stars' 17-4 run in the third, cutting a 23-point halftime deficit to 10, the BayRunners maintained their poise to hold Trenton off.

When the lead began to slip, diminutive guard Shawnta Rogers -- just as in the Cincinnati game -- came to the rescue with long-range baskets. Rogers hit four of five three-point attempts en route to 17 points.

"He has been a real sparkplug for us," said Goodrich. "He struggled a little during the losing streak, but when he comes in, he gives us a lot of energy."

Early on it was all Baltimore. It was also all Goodrich.

In the first eight minutes of the game, Goodrich, 6 feet 10, had surpassed his season average of 10.7 with 12 points.

Goodrich finished the opening quarter with 14 points, missing only one of six shots. The BayRunners were shooting 77 percent from the field(13-for-17).

"What everyone saw was the losing streak, and it's unfortunate," said BayRunners coach Terry Truax. "They don't see the positives.

"I'm sure with the lack of success some players are anxious to get the season over with. From my standpoint, I wish it would go on a little longer."

BAYRUNNERS -- Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Lee 3-8 0-0 8, Harrell 8-14 0-0 20, Greer 2-3 2-2 6, Wilson 1-4 0-0 3, Elliott 2-2 2-2 6, Blount 4-6 5-7 13, Goodrich 9-13 3-3 24, Rogers 5-8 3-3 17, Tucker 6-10 7-7 19. Totals 41-69 22-24 118.

TRENTON -- Lorthridge 4-13 5-5 14, Young 6-17 4-8 16, Tutt 5-10 2-2 13,Grant 10-15 6-7 26, Edwards 2-5 0-0 4, Hyman 5-6 0-0 10, Joseph 5-7 2-4 12, Woodward 1-4 0-0 2, Demps 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 39-81 19-26.

Halftime: BayRunners 68, Stars 45. 3-point goals: BayRunners 14-21 (Lee 2-3, Harrell 4-6, Wilson 1-3, Goodrich 3-4, Rogers 4-5); Stars 2-14 (Lorthridge 1-5, Young 0-3, Tutt 1-4, Demps 0-2). Assists: BayRunners 20 (Rogers 4); Stars 23 (Lorthridge 11). Rebounds: BayRunners 36 (Blount 9); Stars 40 (Grant 10). Total fouls: BayRunners 23; Stars 20. Fouled out: Elliott, Blount. Technical foul: Carideo. A: 565.

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