(Newtown CT) The Scots turned cold and careless in the first half and it led directly to their second straight loss.
Rochester (NY) University (2-0) took control in the first half and won, 72-55, on Friday night at Rochester.
Gordon put nine missed shots together with five turnovers during a six-minute stretch in the first half. While GC struggled mightily, the Yellowjackets rolled off sixteen unanswered points. The Scots two-point deficit (23-21) elevated to eighteen (39-21) and they never recovered.
The Scots (0-2) will look for their first win of the season tomorrow facing New Paltz at 1PM.
I checked out the Yellowjackets’ roster and watched the Live Stats from the RU website.
No question the team from New York had plenty of size and used it well. The top player in the game was 6-8 junior Dylan Peretz who recorded a 22 in efficiency collecting 13 points and 11 rebounds.
What caught my eye statistically was the fact that Gordon had only seven free throws while Rochester attempted thirty-six freebies. (I went back three seasons and couldn’t find a game where Gordon took fewer free throws.)
The free throw disparity suggests to me that the RU interior defense forced Gordon to settle for jump shots and 3-pointers. The Yellowjackets on the other hand were able to get high-percentage shots and/or free throws.
The GC inside duo of Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey was much better in Game Two. Hans had his first double/double of the season getting 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jason contributed 8 points and 3 assists.
The Scots did get within eight several times in the second half but those sixteen unanswered points in the first half were too much to overcome.
Efficiency – Dylan Peretz 22, Kevin Sheehy 18, Hans Miersma 14, Jason Dempsey 14, Tyler Sankes 12.
Team efficiency – Rochester 90, Gordon 60
Sad to hear of the passing of former GC President Jud Carlberg this week. Jud and Jan were big fans of Gordon basketball.