Saint Francis misfired on 17 of 23 3-point shots Saturday and lost for the first time this men’s basketball season, as it fell to Goshen 89-80 in Crossroads League play.
The No. 1-ranked Cougars (11-1, 2-1 CL) shot just 6 of 23 from long range and led 50-43 with 15:35 remaining in the game. However, the Maple Leafs (8-3, 2-1) went on a 14-0 run over the ensuing 3:26 and never trailed again.
The Cougars shot just 43 percent in the second half, including 14 percent (2 of 14) from 3-point range.
Entering the game, Saint Francis had won its 11 games by an average margin of nearly 25 points.
Former Carroll High standout Chandler White led the Cougars with 17 points, along with former New Haven player Kyle Sovine. Sovine also pulled down eight boards.
Saint Francis forward Bryce Lienhoop added 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the defeat, while Vijay Blackmon (10 points) and Evan Henry (12 points) also contributed.
Saint Francis senior guard Kegan Comer dished out a team-best five assists along with Lienhoop, but he was held to just 2 of 7 shooting for five points. He entered the game averaging nearly 11 points per game.
Saint Francis entered the game shooting over 46 percent from 3-point range and shot just 26 percent against Goshen.
Saint Francis will host Taylor Tuesday at 7 p.m.