(Wenham MA) Hans Miersma didn’t take any chances on Senior Recognition Day.
The 6-9 senior already had his 38th career double/double taken care of by halftime as he led Gordon to a 68-57 win over Curry on Sunday afternoon.
Hans finished with 20 points and 19 rebounds in a dominating performance. He also tied a career mark in made free throws with eight.
Curry (4-17) had an early lead at 10-8 but a 10-1 GC run followed, including two Sam Johnson layups, that put the Scots (9-12) in front for good.
Gordon would push their advantage to double figures and led at the half, 33-24. Hans had three blocks in the final thirty-four seconds.
In a familiar pattern, the Scots looked very strong for part of the second half but then saw an opponent close on them. Antonio Jones (18 points) dropped thirteen of those points in the second half and had the Colonels within six (63-57) with 1:45 left. A loss on Seniors’ Day to the last-place team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference was averted by clutch shots in the end game. Curry missed two 3’s while Gordon collected two free throws (Hans) and a run-down-the-clock three by Craig McFarlane to close the game on a happy note.
Plenty of returning players on hand for the Gordon Alumni game in the morning.
With the win the Scots broke an ugly string of four straight losses at the Bennett Center. In a 9-12 season (so far) the 2-7 record at home probably tops the unexpected list for the 2014-15 season. Gordon has two more chances (UNE and Roger Williams) to improve the home slate.
The win over Curry puts GC in a tie with Western New England for fifth place in the CCC. The Scots hold the tie-breaker over Western New England and would face 4th place Wentworth at Wentworth if the CCC playoffs started this week. However, there are four CCC games left.
Jason Dempsey was back after missing four games with a knee problem.
Taylor Bajema has a cast on the thumb he badly injured at the end of the Western New England game four days ago. He could be back playing before the season is over.
Jaren Yang had a big second half making three 3’s. With his quickness and dribbling skills he is able to create his own scoring opportunities.
Nice event after the game honoring GC’s four seniors (Craig McFarlane, Taylor Bajema, Hans Miersma, Jason Dempsey).
Hans Miersma 39 (he also had a 39 vs. Endicott)
James Pina 12 (12 points)
Jason Dempsey 10 (8 points/6 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (9 points/5 rebounds)