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Rebounding Struggles Doom Pride Men Against Guilford
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro College men’s basketball team fell in its season opener to Guilford College Tuesday, in the Greensboro Coliseum, 69-52.
After struggling to find the basket early, Guilford (1-0) took a narrow three-point lead before Dominic Fumbanks brought the Pride even with his lone three-point basket of the evening.
Following the Fumbanks three pointer, Guilford opened its largest lead of the game at 16-8 following a 13-5 run. Hamilton Hawkins and Darus Maddox combined for four of Greensboro points, while Donavan Griffith accounted for the last point.
Greensboro was then able to cut the deficit to one with three minutes to play in the half, following a 9-2 run of their own. Matteo Baggio got the run started with a pair of free throws before Zedric Barnett and Griffith capped off the run with back-to-back baskets.
Guilford quickly extended its lead back to seven, but Griffith sent Greensboro into halftime trailing 24-20 with his first long range shot of the day.
Five minutes into the second half, Joseph Gatling converted on an old fashion three-point play to tie the score at 31.
Despite Guilford retaking a narrow lead just seconds later, Gatling hit from long range on Greensboro’s next possession to give the Pride its lone lead of the contest.
The two teams then traded buckets for the remainder of the game, but Guilford was able to hold off Greensboro for the victory.
“It was a tough game tonight as I think both team really struggled offensively,” Head Coach Bryan Galuski said. “We just did not play good basketball tonight.
“Our identity this year is defending, running the floor, and rebounding. We did not do the rebounding part very well tonight. There were some positives in the game but the rebounding was certainly disappointing.”
The Pride was out rebounded by a wide margin despite a double-double performance by Griffith, who pulled down a team-high 13 boards, while contributing 15 points. On the defensive end of the floor, Greensboro recorded 13 blocks. Corey Burnette had a game-high six blocks, while Torrance Outing, Fumbanks, Lorenzo Marry, Matteo Baggio, Gatling, and Griffith combined for seven blocks.
Greensboro will return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they open their 2016-2017 home slate against the Wildcats of Randolph College. For more information on Greensboro College men’s basketball, continue to follow www.greensborocollegesports.com.
Photos by Andy Gore
Pride Women Drop Regular Season Opener At Guilford
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro College women’s basketball team dropped its season opener Tuesday to Guilford College, 70-56.
Greensboro (0-1) opened the game on a 5-0 run before Guilford (1-0) came back to tie the game at seven with 2:46 to play in the first period. Rasheika Gregory got the opening run started for the Pride before Monica Smalls capped it off with an old fashion three-point play.
After the Quakers tied the game, Greensboro took a narrow lead at the end of the first period following a layup by Courtney Pearsall.
However, Guilford outscored Greensboro 25-7 in the second period to take a 16-point halftime lead.
Greensboro would get no closer than 11 points for the remainder of the contest, falling by the 14-point margin.
“I think we started the game with a lot of energy tonight but some key players got into foul trouble early,” Head Coach Randy Tuggle said. “Our subs were not able to keep the energy going and Guilford was able to capitalize on that.
“The good thing about tonight was we found some players that gave us everything, while we had some that didn’t and we learned from that. I think that Katie and Rasheika had good games for us, and we are looking forward to find others who will pick up the pace.”
Katie Lewis tallied a team-high 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting, while Gregory finished with 14 points. Kylee Barry, Smalls, Pearsall, Marla Crawford, Kamerin Williams, and Shamara Richardson combined for the other 25 points. Pearsall and Smalls each had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Pride women will return to the hardwood at 8 p.m. Friday when they travel to Randolph-Macon College to take on the Hornet of Lyncburg College in a neutral site contest. For more information on Greensboro College women’s basketball, continue to follow www.greensborocollegesports.com.