Gordon ends road losing streak with 76-64 win at Western New England

Alex Carnes  had fifteen points and ten rebounds against Western New England

Alex Carnes had fifteen points and ten rebounds against Western New England

(Amesbury MA) It was nice to get that “away” thing taken care of.

Gordon traveled to Springfield and defeated Western New England, 76-64, on Tuesday night in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.

The win stopped a string of five straight road losses for the Scots (4-6 overall/2-2 in the CCC) and keeps them very much in the mix in the conference.  Every team in the CCC already has at least one loss after four games played.

The Golden Bears (2-8 overall/0-4 in the CCC) did not go easily in this one.  They were within five (58-53) with 5 1/2 minutes to go but the game got away from them in the next three minutes.  The Scots went on a 10-1 run in that segment and WNE never recovered taking their fifth straight loss.

Plenty of balance keyed the Gordon win.  Five players reached double figures in points while ten players reached double figures in minutes played.

WNE had five players log at least thirty-three minutes while GC’s top player in minutes was Alex Carnes (25).  That discrepancy in minutes played probably contributed to WNE’s inability to finish their comeback in the final minutes of the game.

Senior Alex Carnes (15 points/10 rebounds) paced Gordon with his second double/double in the last three games.

Four other Scots reached double figures: Hans Miersma (12), Park Thomas (11), Sam Johnson (11), and Luke Hamilton (10).

Taylor Bajema tied a career best in assists with five.  Last time he did it was last year at Western New England.

Richie Armand had five assists versus WNE

Richie Armand had five assists versus WNE

Park Thomas got into foul trouble early in the first half but Richie Armand came off the bench to give Coach Tod Murphy some seamless minutes.  The sophomore handed out five assists, had a steal, and no turnovers in seventeen minutes of action.

I “watched” the game on the LiveStats setup on the WNE website.  It was interesting to see the stats accumulate for the players as well as the teams.  I was pleased to see that efficiency stats were part of the mix.

Efficiency stats
Alex Carnes 19
Kevin Wilkes 15 (16 points)
Musa Elsir 13 (15 points)
Nick DeFeo 12 (12 points/9rebounds)
Hans Miersma

Gordon 92
WNE 70

The Scots have yet to put a winning streak together.  Chance to do it Thursday night (5:30PM) at the Bennett Center versus Curry.

Last time we saw Curry we were watching them celebrate the CCC tourney title at Milton on 2-23-13.  The Colonels are 2-7 and have lost three of their last four.  Is payback in order??

When you get older the surprises are less frequent especially when you open your Christmas gifts.  I was stunned to get an IPad but that is not my point.  Imagine Coach Tod Murphy’s surprise when under his “Christmas tree” was Sam Johnson!

6-6 Sam had been at Endicott but is now at Gordon.  He put up his first points (11) against the Golden Bears.

Sam is from the Cape and had a 1000 point career at Cape Cod Academy in the three years he was at that South Chatham private school.

I did the Google Search work for you.  Here is a story from the Cape Cod Times on Sam.

Boxscore from the game

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