(Beverly MA) It took overtime and career games by Jason Dempsey and Hans Miersma for Gordon to defeat Endicott, 75-71, on Wednesday night at revved up MacDonald Gymnasium.
This was the Commonwealth Coast Conference opener for both squads.
The Scots (2-3) nearly won this game in regulation. In overtime inside scores by Taylor Bajema and Jason Dempsey put GC in front for good. Gordon converted nine-of-eleven free throws the rest of the way to offset two Endicott 3’s to get their fifth straight win over the Gulls.
The big story in this one is about the remarkable games of Jason and Hans. Both seniors broke their career records in points, rebounds, and efficiency.
Here are their numbers versus Endicott:
Hans – 23 points, 24 rebounds, efficiency 39
Jason – 20 points, 14 rebounds, efficiency 24
Despite two opponents having career games, EC (2-2) rode the long ball (made twelve 3’s), Gordon miscues (twenty-four turnovers), and a loudly supportive home crowd and came very close to winning.
The Gulls scored the first ten points and later had a two-point (63-61) lead with 1:17 left to play after a Max Motroni 3-pointer. But Gordon recovered from the bad start and had a 40-28 advantage at halftime. After Max’s late three near the end of regulation, Hans Miersma made a layup to send the game into overtime.
Endicott was content to fire from long range. Although they made twelve, they also missed twenty. Meanwhile, Gordon opted for the high-percentage approach getting forty-four points in the paint.
Sophomore Daquan Sampson had a terrific game for the Gulls. He had a double/double (21 points/11 rebounds) and three steals. Daquan also drove a dunk over Hans Miersma that ignited the home folks.
Hans had a dunk of his own earlier.
Hans Miersma 39
Daquan Sampson 25
Jason Dempsey 24
Max Motroni 12
Got my first look at freshman Carter Bras. Carter saw twenty-two minutes of action filling in for foul-plagued Dominic Paradis.
Endicott visits UNE on Saturday while Gordon will be in Boston versus Wentworth on the same afternoon.
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