(Amesbury MA) That’s three……..and counting.
Gordon (0-3) fell to nonleague MIT (2-0), 67-48, on Tuesday night in Cambridge.
The Scots have dropped three games in the first five days of the season, all away from the Bennett Center.
Friday night is the home opener (7PM) versus Worcester State.
The Scots lost to MIT for the fifth straight time. You have to go back to the Aaron Trigg days to see a win over the Engineers. (Aaron had thirty points and five assists in Gordon’s, 77-69, victory on 11/19/08 at Cambridge.)
But that was then. The 2013-14 Scots are struggling so far to put forth a consistent statistical performance. A road game against a tall, talented team like MIT was not likely to be where the Scots would be putting their inconsistencies to rest.
The Engineers tallied the last four points (in the last minute) of the first half to lead, 31-22, at halftime.
The Scots were still down nine (35-26) 1+ minutes into the second half. But over the next 2 1/2 minutes MIT went on an 11-1 run, to lengthen their advantage to nineteen (46-27), and Gordon never recovered. The teams played even the rest of the way but the Scots needed a lot more than that.
Those forty-eight points that GC ended up with were their lowest point total since two years ago when MIT took down the Scots, 70-38.
Hans Miersma topped the Efficiency List with a 23. The 6-9 junior had eighteen points to go along with thirteen rebounds.
The next four on the Efficiency List were Engineers:
Paul Dawson 22 (17 points/8 assists),
Andrew Acker 18 (11 rebounds),
Matt Redfield (14 points), and
Dennis Levene 13.
The team efficiency stats were revealing:
The tell-tale stat in this loss, to me, was the seventeen Gordon turnovers that led to twenty-one MIT points. The TO numbers have been 21-17-17 so far. This team cannot afford that many empty possessions.
But it is early. Last year’s 21-7 Gordon team started out 2-4.
Interesting opponent on Friday night….Worcester State Lancers. Coach Murphy mentioned Dane Jobst of WSU in his Coach’s Corner article. I did some research on the 6-5 senior. Dane has had seven straight double/doubles, counting the two this season. Last season he had a 22 points/20 rebounds game against Clark. Dane also dropped 40 points against Nichols last season. Last game (against Becker) Dane had 14 rebounds and 27 points and earned a 36 Efficiency rating.
All that being said, WSU is 0-2. So there will be two teams at the Bennett Center looking for Win #1. Hungry? I guess!
The Gordon student section had some impressive games during the 2012-13 season. Maybe they’ll make the difference against the visiting Lancers on Friday night.