Basketball teams split home openers

Senior forward Carson Long (14), junior guard Jaylen Gore (12) and junior forward Kyler Gregory (24) walk onto the court after a timeout.//Photo by: Andrew Walker/The Guilfordian

The Guilford College men’s basketball team fell to Greensboro College and the women’s basketball team beat Roanoke College on Tuesday night.

Greensboro went on a 17-6 run in the final 5:36 of the game to earn a comeback win in front of a large crowd of supporters. The Quakers lead reached 15 points in the second half before the Pride comeback.

Guilford led 33-27 at halftime with junior guard Jaylen Gore scoring nine points. The first half was marred by turnovers with Guilford having 13 and Greensboro with nine. The Quakers dominated the board with 29 rebounds to the Pride’s 14. Both teams struggled with shooting, Guilford shot 27.3 percent and Greensboro shot 28.6 percent.

In the second half the Quakers kept the lead around 10 points until Greensboro charged back into the game with five minutes remaining. In the final 2:23 of the game, the Quakers did not score. Greensboro junior guard Keyford Langley made two free-throws with a minute remaining. A turnover by Marcus Curry with three seconds remaining ended the chance for the Quakers.

Guilford senior forward Marcus led all scorers with 20 points and added in 10 rebounds. Junior forward Kyler Gregory had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Gore added in 13 points.

Guilford shot 37.7 percent from the field and had 25 turnovers in the loss. Greensboro committed nine turnovers in the first half but  only two in the second half.

Greensboro had five players score in double figures including junior forward Michael Phifer with 14 points.

The women’s team made a comeback in the second half and held on in the final seconds against Roanoke College. The Old Dominion Conference battle came down to the wire but sophomore guard Brianna Allen’s two free throws with three seconds remaining securing the victory.

The Quakers trailed by two at half time but tied it after three quarters and took the lead with 2:20 remaining in the game. First-year guard Victoria Young found junior forward Miracle Walters for a couple of layups that kept Guilford even with the Maroons.

Walters led the team with 18 points and nine rebounds. She scored 14 of her points in the second half. Young and first-year guard Calyn Davis added in 12 and 11 points respectively. Sophomore center Julie Carini had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Guilford. Allen had six points on a three-pointer and three free-throws.

As a team the Quakers shot 41.4 percent from the field and made 12-of-16 free throws.

Roanoke made nine three-pointers in the loss and shot 38.3 percent from the field.

The women’s team plays Greensboro College at home on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. The men’s team plays in the Mary Washington Tournament this weekend against the University of Mary Washington and North Carolina Wesleyan College. The next home men’s game is a ODAC matchup against Lynchburg College on Dec. 5.