(Wenham MA) Freshman Dylan Marshall connected four times from long range in the second half leading Gordon to a 59-51 win over UNE on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.
Dylan’s biggest 3-pointer came with 1:22 left. It delighted the GC faithful and gave the Scots breathing room 53-47 in the end game.
The Gordon defense was something special down the stretch. Richie Armand limited high-scoring Devin Thompson (20 points) to two free throws over the final 4+ minutes and Hans Miersma (6 blocks) denied UNE drives.
The Nor’Easters were within a point (48-47) with 4 ½ minutes left but went on an 0-for-7 shooting drought over the next 4:14.
During that same segment Gordon took a 3-point (50-47) lead on a Dominic Paradis (11 points) jumper in the lane but then turned the ball over four straight possessions.
That 3-point lead was anything but safe as the clock ticked under two minutes but on this night Dylan Marshall’s final three with 1:22 left (assist Richie Armand) gave the Scots a six-point cushion that cold-shooting UNE couldn’t overcome.
The Nor’easters (6-16) employed a 2-3 zone that frustrated what GC usually does best; get the ball inside to Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey. With the inside neutralized other things had to kick in for the Scots (10-12) and on this night they did.
One thing that kicked in was turning UNE miscues (12) into points. The Scots had a season-high (?) twenty-one points off of those TO’s with the remarkably quick Jaren Yang (15 points) in the middle of most of them.
No reason to suspect that Dylan (12 points) would go off like he did versus UNE. The freshman was one for his last eight attempts from long range and his season high to this point had been six points against Rochester in November. But Dylan was feeling it tonight in the second half and once he made a couple he was all-in for more attempts. His last three truly helped separate GC from what would have been a very painful loss.
Gordon found openings in the UNE zone for a while in the second half as Dominic Paradis (11 points) found space below the foul line.
Hans Miersma 16 (12 rebounds/six blocks)
Dylan Marshall 15
Devin Thompson 14
Jaren Yang 12
Richie Armand 11 (5 assists/6 rebounds)
The Scots were again without Taylor Bajema (thumb). Jason Dempsey (knee) is back but not nearly at 100%.
Junior Devin Thompson went to nearby St. Mary’s (Lynn MA) and was recruited by Gordon. I saw Devin lead the Spartans to the Massachusetts Division 4 state title in 2012 over Cathedral. He had twenty-five points in the big game.
Richie Armand (Hempstead NY) seemed to have a New York history with UNE freshman Gavin Dibble (East Marion NY).
The win tonight clinches a spot for Gordon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament later this month. The Scots (7-8) are alone in 5th place trailing 4th place Wentworth by two games with three games left. Looks like GC will be traveling to Boston in the CCC quarterfinals.
Gordon visits last-place Salve Regina (Newport RI) on Saturday. The Seahawks may be in last place but they defeated the Scots, 79-76, at the Bennett Center in January.
UNE had a win over Gordon in their first game, also in January.
The Nor’Easters have no seniors and one junior (Devin Thompson) on their roster.
The big CCC news tonight was Endicott dumping previously undefeated Nichols, 85-80, at Beverly. Over 700 were on hand for that one. Endicott has defeated ENC and Nichols this week.
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