(Amesbury/Cambridge) The outside game that carried Gordon to wins in their first two games deserted them in a 74-59 loss to MIT on Thursday night in Cambridge.
Gordon has now lost to non-league MIT nine straight times.
The Scots (2-1) employed a seldom-seen zone defense to offset the MIT size and for the longest time the Engineers (2-0) shot poorly enough to make it look like a good idea.
And it was a good idea until the point at which Gordon was within four (52-48) with 7:33 left. At that juncture the home team put a 12-2 run together over 2+ minutes and pulled away to 64-50 silencing any GC upset plans the cold-shooting Scots might have had.
During the crucial segment the Scots were 1-for-6 with three missed free throws. Meanwhile, MIT hit six straight free throws, a jump shot (Ryan Frankel) and a three (Adam Jurko).
Credit MIT for developing patience against the GC zone as the game went on. They were able to pass their way to open three’s into the second half but on this night couldn’t cash many of those good looks. Later, after making extra passes to get interior high-percentage shots, the 3-point shot turned up at the end of the shot clock and MIT started connecting on those 3’s.
Sam Johnson turned in his second double/double of the young season with sixteen points and eleven rebounds. Garrisson Duvivier added thirteen points for the Scots. Gordon tallied thirty-four points in the paint.
The rest of the offense was missing for much of the night. Could it have something to do with three games in six days?
Tim Butala 22 (22 points/9 rebounds)
Ryan Frankel 21 (19 points/8 assists)
Garrisson Duvivier 16 (13 points)
Sam Johnson 15 (16 points/11 rebounds)
Adam Jurko 14 (12 points)
The Scots had only ten turnovers which matched last year’s season low also against MIT.
Gordon’s next game is in Salem next Tuesday against Salem State. MIT entertains Eastern Nazarene.
I watched this game on the good MIT feed. I’ll try to do the same thing on the Salem State game because Julie and I will be visiting family in Connecticut.