(Newburyport) This will be an individual performance that anyone connected to the 2012-13 Gordon College Fighting Scots will be talking about for a long time.
Alex Carnes scored thirty-nine points in a near-perfect outing against Roger Williams as the Scots (13-6 overall/8-4 in the CCC) defeated the Hawks, 93-80, at Bristol (RI) on Tuesday night.
On a career-high-in-everything kind of night, Alex made 14-of-15 field goals, 5-for-5 three’s, 6-for-7 free throws, had 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Not on my watch (eleven years) has anyone scored that many points. Brady Bajema (Taylor‘s brother) tallied thirty-seven at Nichols in 2009. The school record in points was set by Steve Heinz (54 points) in the 1980’s.
This was a game in which the points were flowing freely for Gordon. They reached a season-high in points (93) and shooting percentage (62.7%).
They also set a season mark in assists (24) and tied a season high in 3-pointers made (10) that they set against Roger Williams in the game at Gordon.
There were a lot of points and the Scots shot very well but this was not an easy win. The Hawks gave up the lead in the first half but were able to stay close in the late stages of this game.
RWU was within four (74-70) with 5:17 left and later (80-76) with 3:22 to go. This is where you knew I’d say that the 2012-13 Scot find ways to win……..and once again they did.
Despite a slim four-point lead and playing in front of a hostile crowd, Gordon didn’t blink. They closed out the game with a 13-4 segment.
Luke Hamilton kept their first possession alive in the end game with an offensive rebound and that led to Alex Carnes getting/making two free throws. On the next RWU possession Hans Miersma blocked a shot and that led to him getting/making two free throws.
This good work put the Scots ahead by eight and they went on to make nine-of-ten free throws the rest of the way to built their lead to thirteen at the end.
It was definitely not a thirteen point game but the Scots will take it gladly.
The win enables Gordon (8-4 in the CCC) to keep pace with Eastern Nazarene and Wentworth in second place behind Curry (10-2). That game versus ENC at the Bennett Center on Saturday is starting to look like one with serious CCC implications.
But to think ahead to Saturday overlooks the fact that the next game (Thursday 7:30PM) is at UNE. I won’t even post their record. I will remind those reading that this team defeated Gordon at the Bennett Center in the first meeting.
Alex’s amazing performance overshadowed terrific games by Ryan Palumbo and David Dempsey. Ryan had 21 points, 9 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. David had an 18-point, 9-rebound game.
I am a real believer in the efficiency stat because it takes note of all the statistical positives and negatives of a player. Sometimes a player can score a lot of points but miss plenty of shots getting to the high number. The efficiency stat factors in the missed shots.
I mention all that because Alex broke the efficiency stat bank with a +48. He only had three points of negatives in a 39-point night. Remarkable.
Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
Alex Carnes +48
Ryan Palumbo +33
David Dempsey +25
Mike Igoe +18
Luke Hamilton +12
Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Roger Williams +91
Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers) from the good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals).