(Newtown CT) Breakdowns on both ends of the court cost Gordon and they were defeated by Salem State, 92-82, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.
The GC online feed was terrific.
The Scots (2-2) had no answers for senior Marcus Faison. The 6-5 lefty poured in thirty-one points to go with ten rebounds and zero turnovers. Eighteen of those points came in the first half for the (3-1) Vikings.
The quick visitors were able to get to the basket with alarming ease most of the time. The GC perimeter defense was shaky at best.
The home team might have gotten away with the porous defense if they had been better when they had the ball. Not on this night. Turnovers (22) messed up scoring opportunities and factored in two significant first-half scoring droughts.
Gordon had a 23-23 tie going before tallying only two points over the next five minutes. Six of seven shooting and two turnovers happened during that stretch.
The final 3:53 minutes of the first half Gordon went scoreless. Six missed shots and four turnovers were in this unfortunate run.
That’s nearly nine minutes of 2-point basketball and six turnovers. Lessen that disaster and Gordon had a chance.
Salem State has now won four straight in the local rivalry.
Senior Sam Johnson’s run of double/double’s reached six with nineteen points and twelve rebounds.
The Scots were within four once (59-55) and five several times in the second half. Kept thinking that a run to catch up was in the making as the Vikings began to settle for outside shots. However, there were too many empty possessions (22 Vikings points off turnovers) by the home team to make a run.
It was obvious that the news of Jake Haar’s outside shooting success had reached the Salem State coaching staff. Jake was blanketed by junior Shaquan Murray and his touches and shots were very limited.
Jake Lindland (son of former GC scoring machine Doug Lindland) saw action for the Vikings.
Salem State had thirteen steals without trapping. Just solid one-on-one defense.
This was one of Jaren Yang’s best games. Minimized the turnovers and collected sixteen points and four rebounds.
Josh Ribeiro has certainly played himself into regular minutes off the bench by hustling and making shots. He was called for goaltending in this game.
Graham Tienhaara put up good numbers in short minutes (12) and came away with an efficiency grade of thirteen.
Marcus Faison 38
Sam Johnson 28
Shaquan Murray 19 (13 points/5 steals)
Shyheim Davis Smith 16 (11 points/3 steals)
Jaren Yang 15
Salem State 102
Next game for the Scots is November 30th (Wednesday) at 5:30PM at the Bennett Center.
Plenty to be thankful for!