SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — December 30, 2007 --Senior guard Jamaal Gibbs (Norwalk, Conn.) poured in a game-high 17 points to go along with seven assists, but it was not enough as the Springfield College men’s basketball team fell to Gustavus Adolphus College, 65-64, in Blake Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops the Pride to 3-6 while the Golden Gusties won their fifth-straight game to improve to 6-2.
With the score knotted at 64 apiece, the Gusties’ Jesse Van Sickle hit one of two free throws with 21 seconds remaining on the clock to give the visitors a one-point advantage. With time winding down, Pat Crean’s (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) leaner from 15 feet was off the mark as the visitors escaped with a one-point victory.
The Pride led by as many as 12 in the second half after Gibbs converted a conventional three-point play with 14:01 remaining in the contest to make the score 45-33. The Gusties chipped away at the Pride’s lead until they were able to tie the game at 57 after a layup by Kane Sivesind off a missed free throw. In the 24-13 run for Gustavus, Sam Paulson netted seven on his 10 points.
Gibbs finished with 17 points and seven assists to go along with four rebounds and a pair of steals. John Strawson (Torrington, Conn.) and Gregg Daly (Farmington, Conn.) each chipped in with 15 points and eight boards apiece. The Pride dominated in the paint, outscoring the Gusties, 36-12, and had just seven turnovers in the game.
Van Sickle led the way for the visitors with 15 points as he went 4-4 from beyond the arc. Andrew Doble, Trevor Wittwer and Paulson all tallied 10 points in the victory. The Gusties outrebounded the Pride, 41-27, and shot 10-18 from downtown in the game. The Gusties held a 21-8 advantage on the boards in the second half.
Springfield returns to action on January 3 when it plays host to the annual Holiday Inn Naismith Classic. The Pride will take on Drew at 7:30 pm.