Gordon played two regrettable halves and dropped a home game to Roger Williams, 50-37, on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.
For one half your Scots couldn’t put the ball in the ocean (14 points) and for the second half they couldn’t defend (gave up 40 points and 60% shooting). The visiting Hawks were equally horrible in the first half (10 points) but scored at will throughout most of the second half and won going away.
Not many teams have Gordon’s number but after beating the Scots four straight the Hawks (7-8 overall/ 3-1 in the CCC) are in that category as I see it.
In describing this one, I wrestle with whether it was great Hawk defense or inept Gordon offense. I will admit that in seven years of coverage I have never seen them struggle to score points as they did in this one. Granted there was tight defense, especially by Taylor Petruccelli on Aaron Trigg, but we saw many misses on makeable shots during most of the evening.
Aaron ended up with a game-high 16 points but it took him 18 shots to get there. Cold from the outside, he tried going inside on occasion but on this night couldn’t finish very often.
As far as shooting goes, Brady Bajema and Greg Walker will want to put this one behind them and move on.
Ben Gaskill played his fewest minutes of the season (17) because of foul problems and that led to trouble in the interior defense against Hawk newcomer 6-9 Pat Flanagan (11 points/9 rebounds). I did think, though, that Jeff Derr and our newcomer Jon Himottu hung in there pretty well against him. Ben needs to play close to 30 minutes or more for the Scots to do well, in my opinion.
The Scots (10-4 overall/ 2-2 in the conference) are back on the road for three games starting with Curry in Milton on Saturday afternoon. We saw the team take a step backwards against Roger Williams. A win at Curry would certainly be a step forward.
Anyone at this game will be telling anyone who will listen about the first half. 14-10 was the halftime score! Records must have been set for both schools. You may not believe some of the following but trust me; it’s all true regarding the underwhelming first half. Gordon made two points in the last 10:50 of the half. That’s 15 possessions and one basket by Greg Walker. Not to be outdone, the Hawks collected four points in the last 12:10 of the half in 17 possessions. Neither team scored in the last 5:20. It was comically ugly!
It seemed to me that the Scots were back early at halftime. I am guessing that it was to attempt to retrieve their collective shooting touches.
It seemed to help as they started the second half with layups from Aaron and Greg to break out 18-10. The teams then traded baskets for a while but Gordon still held the lead, 25-18, thanks to Aaron’s run of seven points with a little over 15 minutes left. It wasn’t a comfortable lead but the Hawk shooters were even more ineffective than Gordon’s up to this point.
Unfortunately, for Gordon, they would score a mere 12 points over the last 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the Hawks reeled off ten straight over the next four minutes and grabbed the lead for good, 28-25, with 11:22 to go. Pat Flanagan did six points worth of damage in this stretch.
Aaron brought Gordon back to within one (31-30) with plenty of time left (8:20) but Roger Williams put together five free throws and a couple of layups to regain control, 40-32. In the midst of this, Ben fouled out with over six minutes left.
Those of us waiting for some sort of offensive spark over the last 5 ½ minutes left disappointed. Spoiled, that’s what we are! The Scots came in averaging 72 points per game. Seeing them struggle to get just over half that (37 points) was a shocker.
Seeing the Hawks shoot 60% in the second half was a shocker too.
Pat Flanagan paced the Hawk scorers with eleven points. Their top scorer (Billy Barrett – 13.7 PPG) had his own version of a forgettable game making only 1-for-10 and getting two points for his efforts.
No question it was an average killer for many involved. That’s why averages are so misleading.
I did get a picture of the new Pit shirts as well as pictures of several of the witnesses.