Saint Francis guard Josh Hogan may not consider himself a hero, but the sophomore rescued his team with points and energy in the Cougars' 70-67 rallying men’s basketball win over Goshen College on Saturday in Crossroads League action.
The Merrillville High School grad finished with a career-high 21 points off the bench, including a go-ahead three-pointer late in the second half.
"He also tipped several balls off rebounds to teammates," Saint Francis coach Chad LaCross said in a release. "He was in on a lot of plays that helped us grab the boards. Josh really stepped up and made some great shots today. Josh was unbelievable.”
Hogan got support from teammates Scott Kohne (12 points) and Brad Sneary (nine points and as many boards), while Spencer Comer also came off of the bench and added eight points. The Cougar bench outscored Goshen’s bench 40 to 6.
Saint Francis (7-2, 3-0 CL) took a 37-35 lead on a Kohne basket with 18:57 to play in the second half. However, Goshen countered with a 9-2 surge to take a 44-39 lead. The Maple Leafs later got another three-pointer to stretch their advantage to 49-43. With just over 11 minutes remaining, the Cougars still trailed 51-45.
Saint Francis guard Seth Small buried a three-pointer from the top of the key drawing his team to within 51-48, and after a Goshen turnover, Hogan scored on a fastbreak to trim the Cougar deficit to 51-50.
Saint Francis took a 52-51 lead with 9:42 left, as Hogan rebounded and scored off a Comer shot.
Trailing 58-54, the Cougars ran off seven unanswered points on a Sneary score, a Hogan bucket, and a three-point play by Sneary to lead 61-58 lead with 6:15 remaining. But the Leafs tied the game with a three-point play and later took a 63-61 lead.
Kohne tied the game at 63 with 5:33 to play and after each team failed to score on ensuing possessions, Hogan's three-pointer at 4:22 from the corner put Saint Francis in front for good.
"We had talked to Josh about just going out and playing, and that's what he did today," LaCross said. "That was the biggest of a lot of big shots Josh knocked down."
Kohne's basket that tied the game at 63 started a 7-0 Cougar run that vaulted them into a 68-63 lead following two Jordan Hahn free throws with 3:18 to play.
Neither team scored against until Goshen connected cutting the Saint Francis lead to 68-65 with 1:41 to play.
Kohne scored the final points with 37 seconds to play giving the Cougars a 70-65 lead.
"Part of what their offense is involves getting to the rim, and we didn't give them a chance there at the end," Sneary said. "Our defense is working real well. Josh had a huge game today. He really came out there energized and I just kept telling him to get to the rim, finish well."
The Cougars will host 11th-ranked IU-Southeast on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.