Gordon Wiped Out in Opener at Husson – Game #1

Nothing good to be found on the Husson scoreboard for Fighting Scots fans in the team's season opener.

(Bangor) “Well, there’s only one way to go………and that’s up,” was the way one optimistic player parent put it after Gordon’s, 88-42, complete fiasco against Husson University on Tuesday night.

I’ve seen almost all the Gordon games during the past eight seasons and there hasn’t been one like this one.  I’ve seen losses but not in all the ways this was a loss.

The Scots’ opener was a goner in the first ten minutes.  Gordon turned the ball over the first time they had it and Eric Modica (20 points/6 rebounds/5 steals) blew in for a layup.

The Scots hung around for three minutes trailing just 7-4 on a rebound conversion by Greg Walker and a Jordan Kelly layin.

Over the next eight minutes the home Eagles ran off eighteen unanswered points from inside/outside/anywhere while the Scots responded with eight missed shots and six turnovers in fourteen possessions.  This left Gordon down 25-4 (which ironically was their record last season) eleven minutes into the 2010-11 season. 

Jon Himottu (50) and Shaun Roach (11) saw playing time early.

During this tough segment, Coach Tod Murphy pulled his starters and we saw a lineup of Luke Hamilton, Shaun Roach, Matt Gibson, Caleb Perkins and Jon Himottu.  You’re going to need a program for the next game – Coast Guard at home on Friday night (6PM).

The Scots trailed 47-19 at the half and I think by now you have a pretty good number picture of how things went and would go.

The Husson defense was impressive.  The Scots struggled to run offense that opened up shots.  Greg Walker (9 points on 4-for-14 shooting) was defended by 6-10 Marc Zaharchuk down low and the Eagles sent help when Greg received a pass.  The scoring load needed to be picked up elsewhere and on this night it wasn’t.  The inability to run an offense efficiently was most troubling.

The Scot defense will have to get better.  I have seen better defense in pregame shootarounds – that’s an exaggeration!  There were way too many open shots off screens, backdoor cuts for layups, and dribble penetration. 

Both Gordon’s offense and defense are correctable.  It will take time and plenty of coaching I suspect and both are available before the Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule starts in January.

Starter Jordan Kelly took a charge in the second half and staggered off the court.  He did not come back.  I’m wondering about his availability for Friday’s home opener at the Bennett Center versus Coast Guard.

Jay Uhrin led all scorers with 22 points.

Jay Uhrin (22 points) and Eric Modica (20 points) had open shots that shooters dream about.  Husson passed the ball inside frequently and from there set things up for their scorers depending on the Gordon defense.  The Eagles shot 50% (33-for-66) from the floor. 

The crown was sizable but surprised me by leaving in large numbers with nearly five minutes left.  Maybe they needed to study?

There were actually radio timeouts during the game.  What this particular game didn’t need to be was longer!

Husson had the first-game glitch of having a box of the game include some of their graduated players – note the scratch outs on the box I’ve included. 

Husson had a mascot, some sort of band, and cheerleaders. 

Several parents made the trip to Bangor.  I found the Olive Garden, Best Buy, and Borders before the game.

Gordon had won the last two meetings with Husson.  The previous two were won by Husson.  I missed the game in Bangor two years ago but two years before that I was there to see little-used freshmen, Jeff Derr and Brady Bajema, get some playing time.  Brady is now on the coaching staff.  I wonder what he thought of this game?

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