(Wenham) Your Fighting Scots sent the newly named Eastern Nazarene Lions to their seventh straight loss, 81-59, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center. This was a nonleague game. The conference game will be January 16th at ENC.
Gordon (4-1) never trailed in this one after scoring the games first nine points. The visitors from Quincy were still in contention (16-14) after nine minutes but the Scots size and firepower would not be denied thereafter. Gordon led 39-27 at the half and later built their lead to 26 points (77-51) in the second half.
I attempted to watch this game from Connecticut on the Gordon website’s live feed. Very disappointing experience. I was guessing it might be my computer so I tried using another family member’s computer. Same results – in-and-out audio and only occasional glimpses of action. I wonder if others from away had a similar experience??
Anyhow, despite limited viewing I could gather that Gordon was in charge. I did get a glimpse of Ben’s breakaway jam that gave Gordon the 9-0 start. I saw his last one down at Salve Regina on their senior recognition day.
ENC is in a near-complete rebuilding program. Only had five back from last season plus a new coach (Jim Aller). Not the kind of ingredients you’d want after being 7-18 in the 2008-09.
I was disappointed to see DeAngelo Alston missing from ENC. I recall him being about 5’7” with all the moves to survive among the bigs. He had 19 points in the first meeting with Gordon last year.
The Gordon size produced some brutal rebounding stats – Gordon 48, ENC 21. Jonanthan Georges (6’5”) was the Lions tallest player. The Scots, by my count, have six players as tall and taller.
This was Gordon’s second bench-clearing game. The other was Maine Maritime. Deduct the six seniors from the Gordon team and you start to wonder who will get the big minutes next season beyond Greg and Austin. Mike Schauer was an incredible recruiter. The 2010-11 team will need some recruits who can contribute immediately in order for the Scots to maintain the terrific won/loss records we’ve become accustomed to, in my opinion.
Greg Walker had his second 22-point game in a row. Doing it against undersized ENC wasn’t as impressive as his doing it versus big and aggressive Salem State the game before. A good inside game will yield openings for Aaron and Brady as defenders collapse to help.
Next up is neighboring Endicott (2-2) at the Bennett Center Thursday (7PM). No need to hype this game. The crowd will be large and loud and the defense tight. The Gulls have a new coach as well. Endicott won the last meeting (77-70) at the Bennett Center last January. Lord willing, I expect to be in the house.