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Men's Basketball Denied by Dickinson

Kyle Goldfarb
Kyle Goldfarb

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Opening a stretch in which it will play four of its next six games at home, the Haverford College men's basketball team was turned away by visiting Dickinson by an 81-62 score on Saturday afternoon.

Haverford saw all nine players who entered the game against the Red Devils record a basket from the field, with seven of those players scoring at least six points. However, that balanced attack was not able to overcome a 64 percent shooting day from the Red Devils. Elijah Wright was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to lead a trio of Red Devils in double figures with 21 points. Kyle Goldfarb led the Haverford side with 14 points while Joe Hartman scored nine points off the bench.

Matt Sherman also continued his ascent up the all-time scoring list as the team captain added eight points on the day. His career total of 913 moved him past Hugh O'Sullivan '90 (911 career points) and up to 19th on the scoring list. Gabe O'Malley '95 currently holds the slot above Sherman with 964 points during his career.

Despite Sam Stogdon scoring the first points of the game after the Fords won the opening tip, the first minutes would ultimately belong to Dickinson as the Red Devils pounced early for a 10-2 advantage. As would be the case most of the afternoon, the Fords hung tight but were never able to completely erase that early deficit.

Hartman connected from beyond the arc to help the Fords break the opening 10-0 run. Haverford later brought the game to within four points, 23-19, with a layup from Sherman at the 7:11 mark of the half. Josh Fried and Goldfarb also scored in back-to-back possessions, keeping the score at a four point difference in the next minute. With the score sitting at a five point edge in favor of the visitors, 32-27, Dickinson closed the opening half with an 8-0 run to take a 13 point lead into the locker room.

During the course of the second half, Haverford brought the score to a 10 point contest on multiple occasions. Showing the same resiliency that the team has all year long, the Fords brought the game within nine points following a layup from Stodgon with just 11 minutes remaining in regulation. However, that 50-41 scored turned into a 61-43 deficit after another run from the Red Devils that would pave the way to their road victory.

Haverford did finish the game with a better three-point shooting and free throw percentage. Freshmen Jonathan Lang and Hartman each knocked down a pair of three-pointers, while Goldfarb scored a team-best four points at the free throw line.

Men's basketball will be back at home this Wednesday as Washington College makes the trip inside the Gooding '84 Arena. The Fords came away with a hard-fought 91-87 victory in Chestertown back in December. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. with the women's game against the Shorewomen to get underway at 6 p.m.