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(Wenham MA) Alex Kravchuk (43 points) had a career game for UNE but it wasn’t enough.
Gordon defeated the Nor’easters, 76-72, on Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.
“Hats off to Alex,” said Gordon coach Tod Murphy afterwards. “He kept them in the game and almost won it for them.”
UNE (2-11) led briefly in the first half (14-13) but quickly fell behind and trailed the rest of the way.
However, in the late stages of the game the visitors were constantly within two possessions of taking the lead.
Coach Murphy was pleased with the win but lamented the way his team played. “We’re in a funk and I don’t know why,” he said. “The mental mistakes we made in the second half were hard to imagine.”
Taking care of the ball, making open shots were problems but when was the last time you saw a team get a technical foul for having too many players on the floor? But it happened to the Scots in this game in the closing minute in a tight game.
How did the Scots (5-6) win?
Credit seniors David Massillon (15 points/12 rebounds) and Parker Omslaer (12 points/11 rebounds).
David got the start tonight and went to the basket on almost every possession. He scored points and he drew fouls. It was easily his best game of this season.
Parker had his first double/double of the season. He added four blocks and two assists and didn’t have any turnovers. It might well have been his best game of the season too.
Gordon had scoring production from all nine players who participated.
UNE had 43 points from Alex and fourteen from Mark Rella. After that, there were some serious shooting problems for the Nor’easters. Three UNE players combined to go 4-for-43.
The Scots continue their mastery of UNE at home. The Nor’easters are 1-16 all-time at Gordon.
It was a special night for Alex Kravchuk. The six-footer had ten rebounds to go with his forty-three points. He did drain five 3’s but seven of his baskets were from in close and near potential shot blockers.
“Alex was the toughest player on the court for sure,” said Coach Murphy, “and it wasn’t even close.”
“We going to have to go back to work,” added Coach Murphy. “Hopefully we’ll gain some confidence from somewhere. It doesn’t get any easier for us because we have Nichols next.”
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