Guilford Men Win Fifth Straight, 84-61, at Methodist

Matt McCarthy

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Sophomore Matt McCarthy scored a career-high 21 points in Guilford College's 84-61 basketball win at Methodist University Wednesday night. Rookie Zeb Richardson contributed 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, both career bests, to Guilford's (10-2) fifth straight win and the Quakers' eighth win in nine outings.

After two Desmond Parker free throws gave the host Monarchs (3-7) a 15-13 lead, Guilford ripped off the next 14 points en route to a 41-24 halftime lead. Richardson scored five of his 13 first-half points during the spurt. He also collected 11 boards in the first half, compared to Methodist, which had 18 caroms in the opening period.

McCarthy, a 6-3 shooting guard, completed a four-point play just before halftime and added two of his career-high six three-pointers early in the second half, which raised Guilford's margin to 54-30 with 15 minutes left in regulation. He made four-of-five trifectas in the second half, during which time Methodist drew no closer than 16 points.

Redshirt-freshman Ben Stevenson added a career-best 12 points off the bench for Guilford and Jake Hopkins added 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Josh Pittman, Guilford's leading scorer, struggled to score six points on a two-for-10 shooting night, but dished out a career- and game-best 11 assists. He moved into ninth place among Guilford's career assists leaders (252).

Keemon Ingram led Methodist with 10 points. The home-standing Monarchs shot less than 35 percent from the floor and were outrebounded, 44-35.

Guilford returns home after five straight road games to host Hampden-Sydney College Saturday (1/5) in a key Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest at 4:00 p.m. The Tigers carry an 11-1 record into the contest and are ranked 24th in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.