GREENSBORO, N.C. – Rookie Will Freeman scored 10 of his team-high 12 points in the second half to lead Guilford College past Greensboro College, 60-59, Wednesday night. Damian Dixon's three-pointer at the buzzer fell off the mark, preserving the Quakers' (2-0) road win over their city rivals.
Guilford prevailed despite eight-for-19 free-throw shooting in the second half. The Quakers made up for their struggles by outrebounding the Pride in the half, 27-11. Fourteen of the boards came off the offensive glass, which led to 14 points.
The Quakers trailed by 10 after Brock Moorman's traditional three-point play 16:09 into the second half. Down 35-30, Guilford grabbed four offensive rebounds on a single possession before Carson Sullivan scored on a drive to the basket. His only field goal of the game the 13-minute mark pulled Guilford to within three.
The teams traded baskets before a Josh Pittman steal and layup with 4:19 remaining gave Guilford the lead for good, 54-53. The Quakers outscored Greensboro, 11-6, in the final five minutes and held the Pride to a pair of three-pointers in that time. Dixon's trey with 16 seconds left provided the game's final margin.
Freeman, a freshman, made five-of-seven shots from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. Pittman and Gabriel Lowder both finished with 11 points for Guilford. The Quakers held a 46-34 rebounding advantage.
Luqman Tijani led Greensboro with 12 points off the bench. T.J. Holman and Moorman both added 11.
Both teams will play in the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational this weekend at Guilford. The Quakers play Johnson & Wales (N.C.) Friday at 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, Greensboro will play Bridgewater at 8:00 p.m.