MIT Cruises Past Winless Gordon College in Men’s Basketball

Shaun Roach (11) lets a three fly as Billy Bender (31) runs to defend.

Hans Miersma defends Noel Hollingsworth.

(Cambridge) I think it’s safe to say that if Gordon (0-2) continues to score just 38 points per game there won’t be many W’s in the games ahead.

Thursday night they took a 70-38 beating at MIT in non-league action at the Rockwell Cage in Cambridge.

The Engineers (2-0) may well be the best team the Scots will face this season.  Ranked 10th by D3 Hoops, they have plenty of weapons and take playing defense seriously.

This was obviously not a good matchup on either end of the court for the work-in-progress Scots.

Once MIT got started (it took them 3 ½ minutes to score), they were able to find good looks regularly.  The Engineers were very effective at getting the ball inside and then creating offense from there.  Of course, with D3 Hoops pre-season All-American 6-9 Neil Hollingsworth (15 points) inside it made perfect sense to go inside as often as possible.

Defensively, MIT limited Gordon’s shot attempts (43) and created twenty-three turnovers.

I thought that the Scots ran their offense better than against Babson and created some open shots but just weren’t hitting.  Gordon missed all ten 3-point attempts. Even when they weren’t guarded (at the foul line) they struggled making just 12-of-21.  That shooting is bound to improve!

Where did this one get away?

Tied at 2-2 at 15:43 of the first half, the Scots missed their next eight shots and had five turnovers during the next 7 ½ minutes and by then they trailed, 15-2.

Over the last 8 ¼ minutes Gordon was 2-for-8 with two more turnovers and trailed at halftime, 34-14.

4 ½ minutes into the second half the Engineers led, 48-18.  You get the idea, this was a downhill slide.  Plenty of substitutes from both squads covered the remainder of the game.

David Dempsey (10 points) defended by Dennis Levene.

David Dempsey paced Gordon’s scorers with ten points while Noel Hollingsworth led MIT with fifteen points in limited minutes.

Noel also had plenty to do with Hans Miersma’s limited minutes.  Hans started and covered Noel for only nine minutes during the game before exiting with his fifth foul.  Hans also learned (hopefully) that college officials aren’t interested in on-court evaluations by participants.

Gordon takes on yet another highly regarded opponent in their next game – Salem State.  The game is at Salem next Tuesday night at 7PM.  I’ll be in Connecticut preparing for Thanksgiving when that one is played.

MIT’s next game is Saturday at home (2PM) against Rensselaer.

The Rockwell Cage had been significantly upgraded since I was there two years ago.  The individual seats were the best part.

For a team’s home opener, the crowd was pretty sparse.  Maybe the students were studying?

Gordon last defeated MIT on November 19, 2008 in a game at Gordon. Aaron Trigg dropped thirty on the Engineers in the, 77-69, overtime victory.

MIT has an amazing aquatic center including platforms for high diving.  They also have Steinbrenner Stadium.

(The pictures will enlarge to normal size if you click on them.)

Will Tashman (21)

Stephen Herod (22)

Paul Dawson (12) & Craig McFarlane (24)

Noel Hollingsworth

Coach Tod Murphy & Hans Miersma

Billy Bender (31) layup

Andrew Acker (45) & Luke Perkins (23)

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