(Newtown CT) Gordon scored the last six points of overtime and defeated New Paltz, 78-73, on Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Chuck Resler Tournament held at Rochester, New York.
The Scots trailed by a point with 1:20 left in overtime but took the lead for good on layups by Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey. Jaren Yang closed out the scoring with two free throws in the last second.
Gordon gets its first win in a game that was there for the taking for both teams. I watched on Rochester’s Live Stats and there was no comfort zone for either team.
The largest lead for either team? Six points. Tie scores? Eleven. Lead changes? Sixteen.
Playing on short rest, Gordon struggled to take care of the ball and the Hawks (0-4) had fourteen steals. I had to go back two years to a game against Leslie to find a similar game.
The shaky Gordon ball care was offset by a dominating inside effort. The Scots had a 53-34 advantage on the boards. The key stat of the game? Gordon had 25 second-chance points. New Paltz was limited to 10 points in that category.
Hans Miersma recovered from a foul-plagued, five-minute first half to pace Gordon with fifteen points and eleven rebounds. The GC senior topped the Efficiency list with a 22. Hans now has two straight double/doubles
Sophomore Sam Johnson played an important part in keeping Gordon in contention in the first half. Sam had nine rebounds and nine points in easily his best game so far.
New Paltz didn’t have the size of GC’s first-round opponent (Rochester). The Hawks opted to fire away from long range. Kevin Roach (20 points) made his only three late in regulation to get the game into overtime. The Scots had the ball for the final 22 seconds of regulation but could not draw a foul or make a shot during that time.
Freshman Jaren Yang finished with twelve points and three assists and was named to the All-Tourney team.
Hans Miersma 22
Kevin Roach 18
Sam Johnson 17
Jaren Yang 13
Andrew Seniuk 13
Taylor Sowah 13
New Paltz 80
Gordon (1-2) returns to the Bennett Center on Tuesday night (7:30PM) facing Salem State.
Where’s New Paltz? In eastern New York halfway between New York City and Albany.