Gordon Drops Second Straight Losing to Northwestern (Iowa) in California Tournament Consolation

Park Thomas - season high sixteen points against Northwestern

(Newtown CT)  Gordon (3-5) lost to the Red Raiders of Northwestern College, 82-61, on Friday at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

My coverage comes (again) long range from the setting – halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

The stats suggest that our Scots ran into a strong Northwestern (12-3) team and didn’t have the defense to shut them down.

The Red Raiders (from Orange City, Iowa) sizzled from 3-point territory (9-for-18) and shot over 50% (30-for-58) overall.  Their twenty-two assists are a season high versus the Scots and indicate a team willing to set up teammates for high-percentage shots.

Gordon was in this game for seven minutes, tied 11-11.  Less than three minutes later the Raiders had stuck a 15-4 run on the Scots and led, for good, 26-15.  It was also about the same time that Coach Todd Murphy yanked the entire five on the floor for a new five-some.  But the cat was out of the bag for Gordon.

They trailed 49-42 with fifteen minutes left in the second half before Northwestern whacked them with ten straight and made a major separation, 59-42, three minutes later.

Despite the loss, the Scots had several statistical positives.  There were individual season highs by David Dempsey (6 assists), Hans Miersma (4 blocks), and Park Thomas (16 points).

A super, team positive was the Scots turnover tally of a meager eleven for the game.  That is very efficient ball management.

Now that we’re all happy again……..let’s go to Gordon’s next opponent – Tufts.  The Scots will be home on Tuesday night (7PM) against the Jumbos (6-3).  Tufts has defeated Babson and Salem State while barely losing to MIT.  Let’s just say that Gordon will have its hands full!  However, at home before a school-break, close-friends-and-family gathering, anything can happen.  Lord willing, I’ll be on hand and be able to give you more than statistical musings.

The Scots will be back to Commonwealth Coast Conference play on Saturday (January 7th) at home versus Eastern Nazarene

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