(Amesbury MA) Reach for the record books when UNE is the opponent.
The Nor’easters play most of their defense in the backcourt, shoot three’s with abandon, and look to wear down opponents with frequent substitutions.
The style can throw an opponent off but not the Scots tonight as they started fast and routed UNE, 110-90, on Thursday night in Biddeford (ME).
Gordon (12-1) went up by double figures five minutes into the game and put together an astounding 67-point first half while UNE committed seventeen first-half turnovers.
If Eric Demers has had a better half, I can’t recall it: Twenty points, three assists, six steals!
The Nor’easters were better in the second half but a 24-point deficit (67-43) is large when GC had so many good looks to choose from when they took care of the basketball.
When the Scots forced UNE to play half-court defense there was gold to be found and it was usually close to the basket. Sophomore Parker Omslaer (20 points) had a career game inside not missing a shot.
Noah Szilagyi (24) and Josh Crutchfield (13) set career marks in points scored. Three of Josh’s points came on a half-court buzzer beater ending the first half.
Garrisson Duvivier (17 rebounds/17 points) had his tenth double/double of the season. His nine assists were a career high.
Eric Demers had the awesome first half and ended with 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 steals. The steals were a career high. With tonight’s points Eric passed Gene Fitzgerald and Nathan Ubelhofer on the all-time scoring list. ED is now 10th and climbing.
The first half was a treat to watch. The second half, not so much.
How come? The Gordon zone gave up too many three’s and layups. In the first half UNE struggled to get those kinds of shots. Not in the second half. On offense? Way too many turnovers. Twenty-five is a season high. Hanging onto the ball too long led to many of them. Trying to dribble through double-teams probably accounted for the rest of them. However, when Gordon found the open man, and passed the ball around, UNE was in trouble. On one beautiful sequence every Gordon player touched the ball with a dunk finishing the possession.
Gordon has now won eleven straight, but that mark won’t mean much to Gordon’s next two opponents; Nichols (Saturday) and Endicott (Thursday). If we’re still talking about Gordon’s win streak a week from now, it will be time to really get excited about this year’s team.