(Wenham MA) Gordon scored all of the points (nine) in the final three minutes and defeated Fisher College, 80-77, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center in non-league action.
The Scots (2-0) had to withstand a remarkable performance by Falcons’ senior Tyler Shular (31 points, 4 assists, 6 steals) to pull this one out.
Gordon was down by eleven in the first half (31-20) and six (77-71) in the second half but shot and defended their way back to the lead at the end of each half.
Clutch shooting and strong defense combined to get the job done down the stretch. The Falcons missed all six shot attempts in crunch time thanks in part to blocks by Sam Johnson and Garrisson Divivier.
Big shot? Down three with less than a minute left, Jaren Yang (8 assists) found freshman Eric Demers open in the right corner for the tying three-spot.
The Falcons (2-1) had two more possessions. Darrell Grady missed a layup in heavy traffic, while a Kyle Holmes three (over Noah Szilagyi) misfired for the lead with six seconds to go. Meanwhile Gordon drained three of four pressure free throws (Jaren Yang 2 & Garrisson Duvivier 1) to ice the outcome.
Remarkable performance by 6-3 Tyler Shular. Credit Eric Demers and Jake Hart with “holding” him to thirty-one points. This guy could shoot from anywhere and had terrific speed. He logged thirty-nine minutes. A reason for the Gordon win? Tyler didn’t take a shot the final three minutes as GC rallied for the win. Credit Eric Demers’ defense for some of that.
This year’s team is so different from the Hans Miersma teams of the previous four seasons. Those teams were inside out and for good reason. This team is clearly outside in. And this team can make 3-point shots. Last year the high on made 3-pointers was seven. First game (Lesley) this year nine were made. Tonight it elevated to eleven.
A big part of tonight’s win was that the Scots had excellent stats from insiders Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier as well. Garrisson was a startling 8-for-9 while both Sam and Garrisson blocked three shots. Forcing teams to defend the 3-point shooters on the perimeter opened space for Sam and Garrisson in closer.
Jaren Yang matched his season high (eight) in assists. He also had a huge rebound in the last minute.
Jason Dempsey was in the house.
Gordon lost to Fisher last year, 79-76, in a game that Jason, Hans, and Taylor combined for 55 points and 28 rebounds.
Tyler Shular 38
Garrisson Duvivier 24 (17pts/6reb/3blocks)
Sam Johnson 17 (12pts/9reb/3blocks)
Jaren Yang 16 (10pts/8assists/3steals)
Aaron Penn 14 (12pts/2assists)
Noah Szilagyi 14 (13pts/5rebs)
Gordon travels to MIT on Thursday night (7PM). The Scots will open plenty of eyes with a strong show against the Engineers on the road.
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