Fords Speed Past Men's Basketball, 74-52
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Visiting Haverford's high-tempo offense proved to be too much for the Swarthmore College men's basketball team (5-11, 2-7), as the speedy Fords saw four players reach double-figures while shooting 50 percent from the field to defeat the Garnet 74-52 on Wednesday afternoon from Tarble Pavilion.
Freshman Jay Kober led the way for the Garnet with 15 points, marking his fifth-consecutive game scoring in double figures. Sophomore Will Gates and freshman Jordan Federer each added 11.
The Haverford (9-6, 6-3) backcourt of Cam Baker and Ian Goldberg did the most damage, driving past Garnet defenders and leading a prolific fast break that caused the Garnet problems all game long. Baker finished with a game-high 18 points while Goldberg finished with 15. Bo Fridell (14) and Brett Cohen (12) also hit double-digits. The Fords finished the game with a significant 36-16 edge in points in the paint.
In the 159th battle between the two local rivals and a "white out" game from the Swarthmore faithful, things looked promising for the Garnet at the start. A lay-up from Kober gave Swarthmore the early 8-7 advantage at the 17:13 mark. But from there, Swarthmore's offense slowed while the Fords got things going in transition. Buoyed by six points from Baker and 10 points off transition lay-ups, Haverford went on a 16-5 run over the next seven minutes to build a 23-13 with 10:42 remaining in the half.
A lay-up from Federer with 10:20 left stemmed Haverford's momentum and cut the lead back into single digits, but it would be short lived, as Goldberg responded with a three-pointer on the next possession to spark another Haverford rally. From that point on, the Fords maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Behind a red-hot offense that shot a scorching 57 percent from the field in the first half and a defense that limited Gates to just two points, Haverford held a 40-26 lead at the half.
In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Garnet played the Fords even, but it wasn't enough to dig out of the deep first-half hole. Gates heated up in the second half, scoring nine points, seven of which came in the first eight minutes of the half.
The Fords pulled away in the final 10 minutes of the half, thwarting any attempts at a Garnet comeback. The lead ballooned to as large as 28, with Haverford winning by the 74-52 final.
Haverford scored 21 points off 15 Swarthmore turnovers.
Gates finished with a team-high eight rebounds. Junior Andrew Greenblatt scored four points and added a beautiful assist on a Federer lay-up in the second half.
The Garnet return to action on Saturday with a trip to Ursinus. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm.