(Bangor) This entry is yet another example of after-the-fact blogging from the disadvantage of not even having attended the game in question. Again, I will let the boxscore, play-by-play, and my knowlege of the GC basketball past guide me.
The Scots did many things well as they dropped nonleague Husson University, 88-73, on Tuesday night in Bangor while I did the best I could at Turks and Caicos.
Still undefeated (5-0), Gordon ended a two-game losing streak against the Eagles with the win. Those two losses had almost everything to do with near-total second half collapses.
Two years ago they shot an uninspiring 25% in the second half and were serenaded with the “over-rated” chant at the end of the 70-53 loss. Last year at the Bennett Center, of all places, the Scots gave up an astounding 54 second half points on their way to a 78-70 defeat.
This time around there was no second half lapse in a 88-73 win. The Scots took a 16-15 lead midway into the first half and never trailed the rest of the way. The Eagles were still within one (40-39) in the first minute of the second half and possibly anticipating another Gordon swoon. It never came, in fact the longer the game went the further ahead Gordon got.
The Big Four (Ben Gaskill/Jeff Derr/Jon Himottu/Greg Walker) were fabulous. They collectively shot 16-for-22 and were a prominent part of a 38-rebound effort. Greg had 23 points and 9 rebounds.
Aaron Trigg and Brady Bajema combined for an excellent 15 assists. This was offense the way it is supposed to be.
Husson is now added to the list of teams that have been defeated during Mike Schauer’s tenure at Gordon. As far as I know, Salem State is the only regular opponent that hasn’t picked up an “L” during the past six + seasons. The Vikings better be prepared when they come to the Bennett Center on Saturday (December 6th) night.
Next opponent (Yes, I expect to be there.) is Endicott at Beverly at 7PM on Thursday night. Expect it to be loud and highly competitive. The Scots finally won at Endicott last season thanks to a very memorable three by Jon Marstaller. The year before it was the Gulls winning at the buzzer. In my opinion, the more of the student support system on hand the better the Scots’ chances.
By the way, Gordon is just on the outskirts of making D3Hoops Top 25 teams in the country list according to that site’s latest poll.