By Peter McClelland
(New London CT) – After Gordon’s opening game slaughter (104-72 loss to Amherst) by an opponent from the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference (NESCAC) you had to wonder what a trip to New London (CT) to face a second NESCAC member might produce. But this time the results were totally different as the Scots started fast against the inexperienced Connecticut College Camels and never trailed winning for the 3rd time 85-61 in non-league action on Tuesday evening.
At times Connecticut played like a bunch of freshman as they turned the ball over and showed little organization on offense. And with 11 freshmen on their 14-man roster you had to suspect that there would be games like this. Camel coach Tom Satran showed class just by being willing to talk about the disaster afterwards.
“We’re young, we’re inexperienced and tonight we just didn’t play well at all,” explained disappointed coach Satran. “We wanted to get the ball inside and put a lot of pressure on them but it just didn’t happen. We will get better.”
Gordon’s scrambling man defense neutralized inside attempts and because the Camels put so few points on the board there were only limited opportunities for CC to press and show off their athleticism.
Gordon coach Mike Schauer described this one as, “a team effort to the point where I don’t even know where our points came from. Usually one or two players will stick out by not in this one.”
For your information Scott Allenby (Proctor VT) led the way for Gordon with 21 points and it was his 5 points in the first 1 ½ minutes that enabled Gordon to roar out of the gate 8-0. Later the junior hit a fallaway to put the Scots up 18-8 with 13 minutes left.
The Camels weren’t done though and when Malik Brown clicked on a trey the Gordon advantage was shortened to 25-17 with 4 ½ minutes before halftime. The outcome of this game still hadn’t been decided.
But then John Beebe (Elgin IL) took over this one over much the way his brother Scott (1000+ points/ 2003 graduate) used to. First there was the left-handed, driving prayer that was answered plus a foul shot. Then after a Ryan Smith trey Beebe just beat the 35-second clock with a successful spin move in the lane. He finished this flurry with a steal and a half-court drive to the hoop. That run of 10 straight blew this game wide open and when Andrew Swenson (Manchester CT) connected twice from long range Gordon was in complete control 41-19 at the half.
Freshman Mike Herr (Lampeter PA) put together his best minutes of the season in the second half registering 13 points. “He needs confidence and consistency and tonight he seemed to have both, “explained coach Schauer. “I believe that he can compete successfully at this level.”
Gordon maintained the 20-point lead throughout the second half as both coaches gave their reserves plenty of playing time.
Allenby led the Scots on the stat sheet with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Ryan Smith (Hamilton MA) added 15 and Mike Herr dropped in 14.
For the 1-3 Camels it was Derek Kelly and Malik Brown the leaders with 12 points apiece. Zak Harris had 4 blocks and had Gordon shooters looking for him before shooting on the inside.
Gordon returns home to play the MIT Engineers on Thursday at 7PM. Connecticut College’s only win was last Tuesday 68-65 over MIT.