Balanced attack gets Gordon past nonleague Lesley 76-68

Hans Miersma led a balanced Gordon attack with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

Hans Miersma led a balanced Gordon attack with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

Taylor Bajema (11 points) drives on Justin Rosa

Taylor Bajema (11 points) drives on Justin Rosa

(Wenham MA)  Gordon closed the 2013 part of their season with a, 76-68, nonleague win over Lesley University on a snowy Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

The visiting Lynx (2-7) were a made shot or two down the stretch from putting a serious scare into the Scots and their fan base.

Leslie was within three (63-60) with 3:23 to go but the Scots (3-5) had a balanced scoring attack in place in this one and would not allow the Lynx to get any closer the rest of the way.

A big help for Gordon was a season low in turnovers (11).  The previous low was sixteen.

Senior Park Thomas (18 points) took charge in the last minute setting up Hans Miersma (15 points) for a crowd-pleasing breakaway dunk and drilling six straight free throws. lego A1 Park pass to Hanslego A2 Hans gets passlego A3 Hans set to dunk

Alex Carnes (17 points) and Taylor Bajema (11 points) were also in double figures for Gordon.

Alex Carnes (17 points/11 rebounds) recorded his first double/double

Alex Carnes (17 points/11 rebounds) recorded his first double/double

Both Alex and Hans came up big on the stat sheet in rebounds as well.  Alex recorded his first career double/double with his eleven rebounds.

For Hans it was his 5th double/double of this season.  The 6-9 junior also added six blocks today.

Freshman Trevonn Lewis led all scorers with twenty-one points.  It was a season-high for the talented guard.

Luke Hamilton shadowed Mike Kaufman (10 points).  The Lesley senior hit six 3’s in Lesley’s last game to collect 18 points.  Luke lowered that number to two in this game and therein contributed to the final outcome.

Trevonn Lewis (21 points)

Trevonn Lewis (21 points)

Nikalus Oliver (12 points) also reached double figures for Lesley.

Kris Bennett totaled twelve rebounds for Lesley.

Park Thomas struggled from long range (2-for-10) but did get one to fall (off the backboard) just beating the halftime buzzer.

Gordon defeated Lesley last year, 62-61, as Hans Miersma was fouled just before the final buzzer and sank a free throw.

Efficiency numbers:
Hans Miersma 27
Alex Carnes 19
Nikalus Oliver 15
Mike Kaufman 14
Park Thomas 14

Gordon 93
Lesley 68

Park Thomas made six straight free throws in the last minute

Park Thomas made six straight free throws in the last minute

The Scots don’t play again until January 2nd when nonleague Wheaton visits the Gordon campus.

Those home games played in the first half of January are usually attended only by family and friends.  Gordon also hosts Wentworth (January 4th) and Curry (January 9th) at home in Commonwealth Coast Conference games during that student-less part of their schedule.  Good seats will be available!

Boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Park Thomas looks to pass

Park Thomas looks to pass

Park Thomas hits a three at the halftime buzzer

Park Thomas hits a three at the halftime buzzer

Richie Armand (12)

Richie Armand (12)

Hans Miersma tip-in

Hans Miersma tip-in

Kris Bennett (4) had twelve rebounds

Kris Bennett (4) had twelve rebounds

Coach Tod Murphy chats with Park Thomas

Coach Tod Murphy chats with Park Thomas

Luke Hamilton defends Mike Kaufman (10 points)

Luke Hamilton defends Mike Kaufman (10 points)

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