Gordon wins conference opener 73-62 over Western New England

Mikey Pettway (16 points) drives on Garrisson Duvivier

Mikey Pettway (16 points) drives on Garrisson Duvivier

Jaren Yang (17 points) looks to pass

Jaren Yang (17 points) looks to pass

(Wenham MA) This was anybody’s game until the Scots pulled away in the final 6 ½ minutes to defeat Western New England, 73-62, on Wednesday night in the Commonwealth Coast Conference opener for both squads.

The Golden Bears (1-4) trailed by just two (59-57) with 6:32 left but went into a serious scoring drought over the next 4+ minutes and never recovered. The visitors had only Mike Gelineau’s free throw to show for the extended dry spell.

Meanwhile, Gordon (3-2) collected nine points over those 4+ minutes to gain control of the outcome. An offensive putback by Sam Johnson started things. Then it was Jaren Yang from long range and finally two free throws and a layup by freshman Garrisson Duvivier.

The sequence of almost unanswered offense put GC in front (68-58) for good.

Sam Johnson shoots a free throw. The GC junior had his third double/double of the season

Sam Johnson shoots a free throw. The GC junior had his third double/double of the season

Both Garrisson and Sam registered double/double’s for Gordon. Garrisson now has two straight DD’s while, for Sam, it was his 3rd of the season.

If the Efficiency Stat is any kind of a gauge, and I believe it is excellent, then Jaren Yang had his best game in a GC uniform. The young man from the Left Coast came out at 19 getting seventeen points and having only two missed shots from the floor. Better shot selection has been the key, in my opinion, to Jaren’s strong start in the 2015-16 season.

Efficiency Stat

Garrisson Duvivier 21 (12 points/12 rebounds)

Jaren Yang 19 (17 points)

Mike Gelineau 13 (18 points)

Mikey Pettway 13 (16 points/3 assists)

Eric Demers 12 (17 points/4 assists)

Gordon 81

Western New England 52

Sam Johnson led all rebounders with thirteen.

Mike Gelineau (18 points) fires over Eric Demers

Mike Gelineau (18 points) fires over Eric Demers

During that deadly dry spell the Golden Bears missed four layups, a jump shot, a three, and a free throw. That’s cold!

Eric Demers recovered from his 6-for-25 cold spell on the road, over the past two games, and was a warm 7-for-14 at the Bennett Center tonight. The talented freshman also had four assists.

Season high in turnovers for Gordon (21). Some were on extra passes while some others were on unsuccessful attempts at highlight-reel passes. I’m a big fan of assisted baskets. GC had thirteen of them in this game.

Good to see Richie Armand in uniform. Last time Gordon faced Western New England, Richie hit a three (his only shot of the game) with five seconds left to defeat the Golden Bears by two. Word was that Richie was the fifth option for that final shot but found an open look and drained a game-winner.

The rest of December Gordon will play on the road. They start that 4-game slate with a visit to CCC opponent Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon. Can GC get its first road win in Bristol?

Box Score

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Jaren Yang in a den of Golden Bears

Jaren Yang in a den of Golden Bears

Luke Meyer and Mikey Pettway

Luke Meyer and Mikey Pettway

Garrisson Duvivier in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier (12 points) finishes

Garrisson Duvivier (12 points) finishes

Nathaniel Martin and Udoka Obiora contest a loose ball

Nathaniel Martin and Udoka Obiora contest a loose ball

Josh Ribeiro blocks out

Josh Ribeiro blocks out

Mikey Pettway breaks after a Gordon turnover

Mikey Pettway breaks after a Gordon turnover

floor burns

floor burns

Andre Joyner looks for an opening

Andre Joyner looks for an opening

 

 

 

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