(Amesbury MA) Gordon never trailed as they defeated non-league foe Worcester State, 67-55, on Monday night in a game played at WPI.
The Scots (4-6) proved the theory that basketball is an easy game when you make shots. Gordon shot 50% (26-for-52) against the Lancers (3-9) including 6-for-11 from long range.
The visitors grabbed a double-digit lead (19-9) on Craig McFarlane’s triple and later boosted the margin to fifteen (24-9) when Jaren Yang struck from beyond the arc.
The Scots led, 29-17, at the half.
Gordon would end the game with the same twelve-point spread but there was quite a roller-coaster ride along the way in the second half.
The Scots warm shooting combined with Worcester State’s cool shooting (they missed 47 shots) enabled Gordon to cruise to a seemingly comfortable, 59-35, spread with just over five minutes left. Out came the GC starters and in just under three minutes the Lancers put a 14-point unanswered run together, thanks to two 3’s by Ryan DiBernardo and one long one by John Basile. Back came the GC starters to protect the Gordon lead over the final 2:15 which they did.
This ends the non-league part of Gordon’s schedule. The remaining regular season is made up of fifteen Commonwealth Coast Conference games starting on Tuesday night hosting Western New England.
Hans Miersma topped the Efficiency Chart with a 17 that included thirteen points and eight rebounds.
Hans Miersma 17
Jason Dempsey 15 (ten rebounds)
Ryan DiBernardo 15 (12 points and 4 steals)
Jaren Yang 12 (12 points and 5 assists)
Paul Brooks 12 (11 points and 5 blocks)
Worcester State 54
Jaren was 3-for-3 from long range.
Richie Armand was back on the active roster for the first time this season. He had three steals.
No sign of Dominic Paradis or Dylan Marshall.
The Scots had an impressive ten steals. Last time they had that many was against Wentworth in February of 2012.