(Wenham) Gordon faced yet another non-league toughie (Wesleyan) and ended up with another blowout loss, 81-52, on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.
You have to hope that the 2-6 Scots will play much better when they start the Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule on January 8th.
In the meantime the losses keep accumulating. Gordon has now dropped five straight. Four of the losses this season have been by at least 28 points.
Gordon started badly – three points in their first nine possessions – and fell behind, 11-3, after 4 ½ minutes. The lead increased to sixteen (38-22) by halftime.
The Scots started the second half slowly (pointless for 3 ½ minutes) while the Cardinals ran off nine unanswered points. Now 47-22, the final outcome was no longer an issue.
Wesleyan (6-3) has now won five straight. None of the starters for the visitors from Middletown, Connecticut are seniors.
This was another game in which the Scots ability to run an offense into a good shot was lacking. The Cardinals defense was that good. Most of Gordon’s eighteen turnovers were from trying to get the ball into better scoring position.
When Wesleyan had the ball they turned up good shots regularly. Their guards were quick and they had accurate long range shooters.
Sophomore Shasha Brown (23 points) may be the quickest guard I’ve ever seen at the Bennett Center. Guarding him was an adventure for every Scot player giving it a try. Get close and he’d fly by for a layup. Back away and he hit outside shots.
Greg Walker (5-for-13) and David Dempsey (4-for-14) led the Scots with eleven points each but both of them missed shots we’re used to seeing them make.
Garrett Harden made his first appearance of the season. He was 3-for-5 from long range and collected ten points for the game. The Scots could certainly use a consistent third scorer.
Freshman Tom Hurley was in uniform for the first time.
I liked what I saw of Jordan Kelly chasing down rebounds. He had eight of them.
Sophomore Mike Callaghan of Wesleyan was 3-for-3 from long range on his way to 17 points. He also added seven rebounds.
How good is Wesleyan? Earlier in the season they nearly beat Williams. Last game the Cardinals buried another CCC team, Roger Williams, 62-38, at Roger Williams holding the Hawks to just 20% shooting. The Hawks were 5-1 going into that game on Tuesday.
Gordon plays Berkeley tomorrow night (7PM) at the Bennett Center. This team is from New York City. Maybe the long bus ride to get here will help the Scots end their losing streak.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a graduate of Wesleyan.