CHICAGO – Call it Act I of the Electric Line Rivalry.
Playing their final nonconference game of the season – against a conference opponent – Governors State dropped a 78-71 decision to Roosevelt in the consolation game of the Roosevelt Classic.
The schools, separated 31.5 miles by commuter rail, engaged in a back-and-forth affair at the Goodman Center. The rematch (Act II) occurs Jan. 21 in the Loop.
Thursday's contest, which produced 10 ties, wasn't decided until the closing minutes. Trailing 70-69 with 44 seconds left in regulation, GSU was called for a flagrant foul and technical. RU's Paige Gallimore made all four free throws that would prove to be the difference. The Lakers (9-7) made 22 of 23 free throws on the day.
Amber Brooks recorded her sixth double-double of the season, pouring in 20 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Tiana Mericle joined the double-double club as well, registering a career-high 17 points and 13 rebounds while Zaporia Smith played all 40 minutes and finished with 15 points. Smith garnered 41 points over two games to earn all-tournament team honors.
"We were in this game until the very end, so it's disappointing to come out with a loss," said GSU Head Coach La Toshia Burrell.
GSU (3-11) begins the new year at home, hosting Olivet Nazarene on Jan. 3.