(Wenham) It wasn’t a scrimmage but we did get to look at everyone as Gordon (2-0) breezed by Maine Maritime Academy (1-1), 91-59, in the first round of the Gordon Tip-Off Classic at the Bennett Center on Friday night.
The Scots will face Westfield State (defeated Baruch 81-77) in the championship game at 8PM on Saturday night. Maine Maritime faces Baruch in the 6PM consolation match.
Gordon held its second opponent to the same 59 points as its first opponent (Husson) but the important numbers could well be the minutes of Brady Bajema (23), Aaron Trigg (21), and Greg Walker (20). Yes, in this blowout they got plenty of rest. Rest could well be a difference maker versus less rested Westfield State in the big game for the championship.
This game started well for the visitors from Castine, Maine as they jumped to a 4-2 advantage on a jump shot by Sam Bell and a well-executed backdoor play layup by the Mariner’s tallest player (6-4 Jarred Sternbergh).
Over the next four minutes, however, Gordon put together a 17-2 run on shots from nearly every range. Ben Gaskill (new haircut) was 4 of 4 from the foul line during this surge. Mariner coach Chris Murphy went through two timeouts but it was clear that he didn’t have the firepower at either end on this night.
Later in the first half there was a 7 ½ minute stretch with a 22-5 run that turned a 22-12 game into 44-17 and a “how-much-will-they-win-by,” event. Brady (2) and Garrett Harden (1) connected from long range during the spurt.
There was another nice run of points in the second half. This time it was eleven unanswered featuring a couple of Mariner turnovers turned into fastbreak layups. One of them involved a steal by Brady and a save by Ben, which led to a crowd-pleasing David Dempsey old-fashioned 3-point play down the other end.
The Scot shooting was terrific all night as the boxscore below indicates. Greg Walker had a nice night inside (15 points) taking advantage of the single coverage inside that Gordon’s strong outside shooting causes.
There was also an excellent student body crowd on hand. I wondered about the different colored Pit shirts and learned that some prospective (wannabe?) students were visiting and had been given white shirts to wear at the game. The so-called Sixth Man will need to be out in force against Westfield State.
We saw our entire team tonight. I did see two freshmen put up 3-point air balls. Sometimes doors get left open and the breeze……well, you know!
I saw former players Mike Herr, David Flight, and Aaron Vogelzang in the house. Maybe a few more of the “formers” will show up for the championship game.