(Williamsport/Amesbury) A simply marvelous performance by freshman Garrisson Duvivier carried Gordon to an 84-78 road win over Penn College on Friday night.
Efficient? You bet he was! Twenty-seven points, fifteen rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in one game are about as efficient as a player can get. It all added up to a stunning 42 in efficiency.
Gordon (4-4) gained separation in the second half with a 3-minute run of fifteen unanswered points that turned a 60-59 edge into a much more comfortable 75-59 advantage with 4:50 left.
Penn College, however, came almost all the way back getting to within three (81-78) in the last minute. However, an old-fashioned 3-point play with eleven seconds left by Garrisson sealed the road deal for Gordon.
In that breakaway fifteen-point run, there was a layup by Garrisson, a layup and a jump shot by Luke Meyer, and three’s by Dylan Marshall and Noah Szilagyi (2).
Luke (9 points) had his best game for Gordon.
Garrisson had Gordon’s last nine points.
Junior Marquis Delgado had a career game for Penn College. The 5-8 point guard dropped in thirty points to go along with six assists and four steals in a terrific show. The Penn College feed froze with 8+ minutes left so I didn’t see all of Marquis’ twenty-one, second-half points.
Undersized Penn College (2-5) showed an active zone defense and this gave the Scots open looks galore in the first half. But the 3-pointers weren’t falling for GC and they were for the Wildcats. Gordon went down by as many as twelve (28-16).
The Scots did a nice defensive job on Kevin Laurence-El. The 6-5 senior had a run of five straight 20+ point games ended. Sam Johnson and Udoka Obiora held Kevin to thirteen points.
Dylan Marshall came off the bench in the second half to give the Scots six points in seven minutes.
Gordon had fifteen turnovers against a team that was packed in close in a zone defense. The Wildcats had eleven steals out of that defense.
This was Gordon’s first road win of the season.
The internet feed from the game was the clearest picture I’ve seen all year. However, at the 8:49 mark everything froze except the scoreboard. You could still hear the sounds of the game, and the announcer coughing, but it was a guessing game as to who was doing what otherwise.
Gordon will face Lycoming tomorrow at 3PM.
Garrisson Duvivier 42
Marquis Delgado 29
Thomas Ross 16 (9 points/8 rebounds)
Luke Meyer 13 (9 points/3 assists/3 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 12 (12 points/7 rebounds)
Penn College 80