MARION, Ind. — Goshen College survived a furious comeback effort by the University of Rio Grande in the closing minutes to post an 87-82 win over the RedStorm in the final round of the Caleb Dimmich Memorial Classic, Saturday afternoon, at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Luckey Arena.
The Maple Leafs improved to 2-0 with the victory.
Rio Grande slipped to 0-2 with the loss.
Goshen grabbed its biggest lead of the day, 63-50, after a three-pointer by Carter Boos with 12:45 left to play, but the RedStorm methodically chipped away and drew to within one, 79-78, after a steal and a bucket by sophomore Cameron Schreiter (Mason, OH) with 49 seconds remaining.
Christian Grider countered with a three-pointer on the Maple Leafs ensuing possession, though, and Rio got no closer the rest of the way.
Grider finished with a game-high 27 points for Goshen, which closed the first half on a 9-2 run to take a 46-37 lead at the intermission.
Billy Geschke and Devin Heath-Granger added 24 and 11 points, respectively, in the winning effort for the Maple Leafs, while Alhassan Barrie pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Senior Will Hill (Worthington, OH) led Rio Grande with 20 points, including a 12-for-12 showing at the free throw line.
Sophomore Stanley Christian (Norfolk, VA) added 18 points in a losing cause for the RedStorm, while freshman Raul Timoner (Alaior, Spain) handed out a game-high six assists and pulled down a team-best five rebounds.
Rio Grande returns to action next Friday, taking on host Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the opening round of the MVNU Classic. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.