February 8, 2012

Goldberg's career-high pushes Fords' win streak to three

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ian Goldberg made the most of his last appearance in Ursinus College's Hellferich Hall, posting a career-high 32 points in Haverford College's 93-52 Centennial Conference victory Wednesday night in men's basketball action.

Goldberg had 20 points by halftime, helping to push Haverford (9-13, 7-8 CC) to a 44-23 lead over the Bears (8-14, 7-8) at the break. The senior guard added 12 more in limited duty during second-half play but finished with career-bests in points and steals, coming away with six, in the most lopsided win by either team since the two began squaring off as Centennial opponents in 1993.

The game started off with the teams trading baskets and the lead over the initial six minutes. Ursinus grabbed an 11-10 lead with 13:10 to play in the half before Goldberg put the Fords ahead to stay. He hit a three-pointer at 12:33 for the game's final lead change then knocked down another trey a minute later to move the Haverford advantage to five.

An 11-0 run by the Fords, extending a 24-17 advantage to 35-17, effectively iced the game with Goldberg firing away in one end of the court while a frantic defense caused havoc with the Bears' offense in the other end.

Winners of three in a row, the Fords forced 25 Ursinus turnovers during the game, including 20 via Haverford steals, generating 33 points off the miscues in the victory.

Overall, Haverford shot 54 percent from the floor including 12-of-22 from behind the arc -- tied for fourth in program history for the most three-pointers made in a game -- while limiting the Bears to a 36 percent night. The 20 steals were the sixth-most in a game for the program.

Goldberg enjoyed a 71 percent night Wednesday in Hellferich, the scene of his previous career-high (30) which came during the Fords' 108-103 overtime victory against the host Bears in December 2010.

Cam Baker was another offensive spark for Haverford in its big win as the junior added 15 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

The reserves also had a strong night for the Fords outscoring Ursinus' bench by a 30-11 margin. Geoff Hartmann led the Fords coming off the pine, reaching double-digits with an 11-point night.

Jermaine Kamara and Jon Ward shared the high-point mark for Ursinus with 12 points apiece during the loss.

Wednesday's win pulls Haverford to within one game of fifth-place Muhlenberg College -- which was downed by Dickinson College on Wednesday night -- in the league standings. The top five teams in the end-of-season standings qualify for the Centennial postseason tournament.

The Fords' next two games provide them with a chance to climb the rankings. On Saturday, Dickinson (13-9, 10-5) comes to Gooding Arena for a 1 p.m. match-up on Senior Day for Haverford, and then Muhlenberg (14-8, 8-7) comes to Gooding for a mid-week game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.