(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.
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.
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)
Western New England 52
Sam Johnson led all rebounders with thirteen.
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?
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