(Wenham) In the first meeting, Gordon edged Salve Regina (64-62) very late on a Hans Miersma putback game winner.
Nothing close to that happened this time around at Gordon. The Scots (18-6 overall / 13-4 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference) had a 52-point second half and routed the Seahawks, 87-64, on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.
That makes six straight wins and eleven wins in their last twelve games for the amazing 2012-13 Fighting Scots.
Senior David Dempsey had yet another big night for Gordon getting twenty-four points, including sixteen in the second half. The points tonight give him a career total of 1401 and move him into seventh place all-time ahead of Tim Kehoe (1397). Jon Marstaller is in sixth place with 1490 career points.
Curry buried out-of-the-tournament Endicott tonight and locked in the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.
Gordon will have the second seed no matter what they do against Nichols on Saturday at home. The Scots first-round opponent for Tuesday night’s CCC quarterfinals will be either Nichols, Salve Regina, or Roger Williams depending on what happens this Saturday.
In this game, SR (12-12 overall / 8-9 in CCC) was able to recover from a 9-2 Gordon start (including a David Dempsey jam) and take their only lead, 14-13, with nine minutes left in the first half.
The Scots rallied to retake the lead, build it to ten points (31-21) and settle for 35-30 halftime advantage.
Recalling the first meeting, it was easy to imagine that the second half would be tight and some heroics might be needed at the end to get a victory.
Didn’t go that way at all. Gordon shot over 50% and SR less than 40%. The GC lead went to ten (46-36 at 15:42) and the Seahawks would never get closer thereafter.
The spread reached sixteen (54-38) and later twenty (69-49) with 6:14 left.
On this night, Salve Regina had no second-half answers and most of the second half was relaxing for the Gordon faithful.
Two takeaways from this game were that the three referees brought whistles and they knew how to use them! There were fifty-four fouls called and sixty-four free throws shot. Believe me, there was plenty of contact.
The Seahawks committed thirty fouls and they still were going after the Scots full-court until the end of the game.
David Dempsey took the top spot in the Efficiency Stat with a +27. He had three assists and two steals to go with his twenty-four points.
Luke Hamilton matched his season-high with fourteen points. He also chased Isiah Pringle around limiting the SR junior to six points. Isiah got a three after Luke was through for the night. Isiah came in with a 16.1 points per game average.
Park Thomas (18 points) shot a career-high seventeen free throws and made fourteen of them.
If you had told me that Hans Miersma had two points and four rebounds, I would have asked you, “How much did Gordon lose to Salve Regina by?” But in a season where success doesn’t revolve around one player, Jason Dempsey (nine points/nine rebounds) stepped up and so did Luke Hamilton (fourteen points).
Speaking of Jason, tonight was the first time I ever saw him smile on the court. The smirk came right after he made a free throw off the backboard. His brother and his on-court teammates were quick to apply some verbal abuse.
Salve Regina had twenty turnovers (without being pressed) that led to twenty-eight Gordon points.
William Smiley (12 points) and Brenden Fowler (11 points) were the top SR scorers. William had thirty-two points on Tuesday night against Nichols.
The Scots will face Nichols on Saturday afternoon. Gordon’s two seniors (David Dempsey and Jordan Kelly) will be honored before the game.
If I could get this team to do one thing on Saturday it would be for them to show their appreciation of the fan support right after the game. Showing them that love may help them to remember where you want them to be on Tuesday night when the quarterfinals start.
Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
David Dempsey +27
Park Thomas +20
Jason Dempsey +17
Jeff Bielefeld +15
Luke Hamilton +12
Brenden Fowler +12
Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Salve Regina +50
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).
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