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Gordon wins shootout 126-108 over UNE

Eric Demers (37 points) made seven 3’s in win over UNE

UNE frequently changed players to keep them fresh

(Wenham MA) If you try to cover a game with the University of New England you better have career stats handy.

UNE coach Ed Silva told me before the game, “We play everyone. We try to create chaos.  We want to press and score points in a hurry.  We’re hoping to wear down our opponents and finish strong.”

The Nor’Easters did all that, but it wasn’t enough as Gordon defeated them, 126-108, on Wednesday night in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.

The Scots (12-6) had been on the wrong side of a 121-113 score at UNE earlier in the season and were better prepared this time around for what UNE would do.

The Scots wasted little time getting the ball down the court.

“We didn’t turn the ball over as much,” recalled GC coach Tod Murphy.  “We were a lot more aggressive going to the basket when we broke their press.  Last time we didn’t do that.”

Coach Murphy was quick to admit that Eric Demers (37 points) was a key to the win. “It sure helps when Eric is shooting the way he did tonight.  It felt like he had forty!”

Actually, Eric had thirty-seven, including twenty in the first half.  “Everyone gets open looks when they double-team,” said Eric afterwards.  “We moved the ball great and I was fortunate to be the open guy all night long.”

The game was certainly enjoyable to watch with all the fast back-and-forths but not everyone on the GC side was happy about the style of play.  “I like the final score but I don’t ever want to play a game like that in my life,” said Coach Murphy. Why?  “You just never feel comfortable because they score so many points and they score them so fast.  I didn’t clear my bench until there were two minutes left and we had a twenty-point lead!”

Garrisson Duvivier had his 13th Double D of the season

This was anyone’s game, considering how fast points were being scored, 7 ½ minutes into the second half.  The Scots were in front, 84-79, but it was far from a comfortable lead.

Five + minutes later, things were a whole lot different. During that time, UNE missed all eleven shots from the floor, while the Scots went off with twenty-four points.

The beauty of those breakaway twenty-four points was that seven different players (Eric Demers, Jaren Yang, Josh Crutchfield, Avelino Damoura, Matt Valles, Josh Ribeiro, and Jake Haar) contributed.

That sparkling display of scoring separated GC from the team from Biddeford, 108-81, with seven minutes to go.  Still time enough for UNE’s instant offense and turnover-causing pressure to usher them back into the game but on this evening the Scots turned the UNE pressure into open looks (and points) the rest of the way and took the victory.

Parker Omslaer was one of several GC freshmen achieving a career stat in this game

I have a hunch that several Gordon single-game records were broken in tonight’s win: most points (126), most assists (30), most blocks (11), and most made 3-point shots (18).

Quietly, among all the long-range shooting, Garrisson Duvivier had yet another double/double.  The talented junior put 18 points together with 15 rebounds.  Garrisson now has seven straight games with Double D’s and thirteen for the season.

After a look at the scoresheet I found additional good news: the GC freshman had a remarkable night.

Career highs for the Class of 2020: Matt Valles 9 rebounds, Parker Omslaer 10 points, Josh Crutchfield 8 assists, and Avelino Damoura 9 points.

Who’s Avelino Damoura?  “He transferred from WPI,” explained Coach Murphy, “and they don’t recruit slouches.  He’s going to be a good one for us.”

Eric Demers added, “He (Avelino) is going to help us a lot in the future.”

Missing from the game was Noah Szilagyi.  Noah has been hospitalized with pneumonia.  “I was a little nervous going into the game without Noah because he spreads the floor for us,” said Eric of his teammate.

Senior Jake Hart (15) defends

I mentioned after the last game (Curry) how important the following four home games were.  Three of the teams had beaten GC the first time around.  UNE was one of those.

Next opponent will be Nichols on Saturday (3PM).  The top-seeded Bison shot over 50% against Gordon last time and collected 100 points and won convincingly in Dudley.

Nichols is 9-2 in the CCC.  The Scots are 8-3.  A battle for the top spot will play out on Saturday afternoon.

I saw, via the excellent UNE web broadcast, the Nor’Easters defeat Endicott and Nichols in Biddeford this past week.

UNE (9-9) is now 2-6 on the road.

I asked UNE coach Silva about transforming his team into the new style of play.  “I looked at the players we were returning, as well as the recruits, and knew that we didn’t have the size to match up with other teams.  The running/pressing style was the best fit to get the most out of the players we would have.  The returning players were shocked by the change at first but they’ve made it work.”

Wentworth is tied for second in the CCC.  Tonight Curry almost got them in overtime.

Efficiency chart

Eric Demers 31

Garrisson Duvivier 28

Josh Crutchfield 17 (8 assists)

Parker Omslaer 16

Jaren Yang 15 (8 assists)

Gordon 169

UNE 109

Box from the game

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Josh Ribeiro reaches in

UNE coach Ed Silva questions a call

Drew Munoz (from Gloucester MA) gets two

Josh Crutchfield (10) goes one-on-one against Jacob Hickey

Steve Vampatella (33) looks for a rebound with Sean Walsh (20)

Newcomer Avelino Damoura lifts a three

Matt Lorman heads past Jaren Yang

Jaren Yang tries to slow down Daron Hoges

Eric Demers (21) sets up for a resounding block of Matt Lorman’s layup attempt

Senior Gavin Dibble takes an inbounds pass

 

 

 

 

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UNE changes approach and wins 121-113 shootout vs Gordon

(Biddeford ME) What a game!

The front-runner for Coach-of-the-Year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference has got to be Ed Silva of the University of New England.

A team content to nurse every possession down to the last few seconds in years past transformed itself into a run-and-gun club in the nine-month offseason.

Gordon ran into the new-and-improved Nor’easters tonight, and despite a second-half rally, lost 121-113 on Wednesday in the CCC opener for both teams.

I had seen the stats from UNE’s first five games and had seen a team that was putting up 3’s and forcing mistakes on the opposition.  Gordon (1-2) fell victim to both categories in the first half.  While UNE made nine 3’s in the first half the Scots committed an unremarkable EIGHTEEN turnovers in that same half.  Wicked bad combo!

Trailing 60-44 at the half, and the way UNE was playing, I had a sense that a serious blowout was about to happen.  That sense was nonsense as GC began to look for answers off the bench and found some.  The Nor’easters weren’t giving any ground but at least GC was better taking care of the ball.

Down twenty-four points (97-71) with seven minutes left the Scots put together the best combo of scoring and defense I may have ever seen for the next six minutes.  UNE’s quick shot approach turned sour as they cooled off and Gordon made appropriate passes and a steady flow of shots and got the lead down to five, 114-109, in the last minute.  That’s thirty-eight points in six minutes!

But it was too little too late.  UNE, and I credit Coach Ed Silva for this, changed the tempo to a more controlled approach.  He used his timeouts to rest his players and organize them.  It interested me that previously he called timeouts just to substitute players and then cut the timeouts short.  It was a whole new approach.

Anyhow, in the closing minutes the Nor’easters took advantage of GC’s need to overplay the UNE perimeter shooters and drove against single defenders.  That approach drew fouls and on this evening those foul shots dropped and the home team had a CCC win.

Gavin Dibble put up the big numbers for UNE with twenty-five points.  Just to get an idea of the style of play, UNE had FIFTEEN different players score in the first half!  They were coming in in waves with the green light shining for anyone with an opening.

One casualty in this game was the Efficiency Chart.  I usually put the top five in the game and normally there are at least two from each team unless the game was one-sided.

Gavin Dibble 32

Garrisson Duvivier 31 (19 pts, 16 reb, 4 assts)

Eric Demers 28 (29 pts, 8 reb)

Josh Ribeiro 16 (4 assts,3 blk, 2 stls) Birthday today

Jaren Yang 13 (6 assts, 8-for-8 FTs)

That’s the top five and you would want to think that Gordon dominated the game.  But UNE countered the GC top four with fifteen contributors.   Gordon finished with a remarkable 133 on the Efficiency chart while UNE earned only a 94.  Maybe that Efficiency stat isn’t as great as I think it is?

It certainly didn’t hurt the home team that they got hot in the first half and turned a 12-8 deficit into a comfortable 43-23 spread in eleven minutes.  That 31-15 segment (included six successful UNE 3’s) may have been the worst GC basketball I have seen in a while.

But it was that kind of game with plenty of good and also plenty of not so good.

One of the struggles GC had in the first half was finishing breaks.  When the Scots broke through the UNE’s backcourt pressure there were some glittering opportunities for layups.  Not all of them were made.

UNE (2-4) was picked by the coaches to finish 8th (out of ten teams) in the CCC.  I wonder where those same coaches would place UNE now?

Teams that rely on a few players playing long minutes to give them most of their points will be in trouble against the UNE style.  The team from Biddeford (ME) prevents teams from controlling the tempo and if their long shots are dropping, good luck.

You couldn’t help but be distracted by the three UNE students under the basket GC was shooting at.  Why they hadn’t painted UNE on the front of them was obviously an oversight.  My theory, based on the website visuals, was that this was the before part of the before-and-after weight-loss program they were starting.  Coming to the basketball court instead of the food court would be the key piece in the transition they would be undertaking.  Their calisthenics showed not only promise but plenty of loose baggage.  Changing their physiques from trunk to carry-on will take time but I, for one, admire their intensity.

Gordon gets Nichols next.  That may not be pretty.  Nichols blasted Endicott tonight.  The Scots will have to find ways to match up with some very good one-on-one players in Dudley (MA) on Saturday to win this one.

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Gordon holds off UNE 80-72

Despite multi-coverage Garrisson Duvivier had a huge night for Gordon.

Despite multi-coverage, Garrisson Duvivier had a huge night for Gordon.

Jaren Yang (six-for-six in last minute)

Jaren Yang (six-for-six in last minute)

(Wenham MA) Last regular-season home game and it ended the way we hoped with a Gordon win.

The Scots (14-10) held off a late rush by the UNE Nor’Easters (7-17) to earn an 80-72 victory on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

Garrisson Duvivier had his best game of the season for GC.  The 6-6 sophomore had his 9th double/double (22 points,11 rebounds) but also added 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals.

The visitors from Biddeford (ME) had a nice start but later in the half dropped behind by seventeen points (39-22).  I thought then the game might get too far away from UNE for them to provide much of a challenge later.  I was wrong.

The Nor’Easters closed the half with a 10-1 run.  They would not be going away.

The longer the game went the closer the score seemed to get.  UNE was within six (52-46), then four (57-53), then three (66-63), and then two (72-70) with 2:29 remaining.  Note the alarming pattern!

However, on the next possession things turned for Gordon.  A missed shot led to an offensive rebound which became a layup for Garrisson.

Could UNE cut into the 4-point lead?  They had two shots at it and missed both tries.  UNE was forced to foul after each missed attempt to stop the clock and see if Gordon could make pressure free throws. Unfortunately for UNE, the Scots kept the ball in the hands of Jaren Yang the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s best foul shooter.  He calmly went six-for-six in the final minute and those points offset a Jean-Luc Parker layup and Gordon had its 14th win.

UNE played some zone defense as well as man-to-man.  It looked as if the Scots were a bit slow in figuring out how to attach the defense they faced.  In the first half, they were much better at it.

Sam Traicoff hit for a career-high eight points

Sam Traicoff hit for a career-high eight points

Sam Traicoff came off the bench to give Gordon eight points (career high for the freshman).

Sam Johnson had his 14th double/double (12 points, 10 rebounds) of the season.

The Scots will be finishing the regular season on Saturday in Newport (RI) versus Salve Regina.

If things go as they appear, Gordon will be back at the Bennett Center next Tuesday hosting Wentworth.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 39 (22 pts, 11 rebs)

Jean-Luc Parker 19 (19 points)

Jaren Yang 14 (14 points)

Gavin Dibble 14 (16 points)

Sam Johnson 13 (12 pts,10 rebs)

Gordon 100

UNE 69

Box from the game

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Drew Coveney heads for the hoop

Drew Coveney heads for the hoop

Six-foot Jean-Luc Parkers elevates for two

Six-foot Jean-Luc Parkers elevates for two

 

Garrisson Duvivier found open looks against the UNE zone defense

Garrisson Duvivier found open looks against the UNE zone defense

UNE pressure in the backcourt

UNE pressure in the backcourt

Struggle for a rebound

Struggle for a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier had four steals

Garrisson Duvivier had four blocks

Sam Johnson and CJ Autry

Sam Johnson and CJ Autry

Josh Ribeiro splits Jackson McCoy and Gavin Dibble

Josh Ribeiro splits Jackson McCoy and Gavin Dibble

Sam Johnson gets an easy two

Sam Johnson gets an easy two

Jake Hart (10 points) defended by Jean-Luc Parker

Jake Hart (10 points) defended by Jean-Luc Parker

Garrisson Duvivier gets a rebound

Garrisson Duvivier gets a rebound

Graham Tienhaara spins in the lane

Graham Tienhaara spins in the lane

Jake Haar

Jake Haar

 

 

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Strong finish earns Gordon 74-62 win over UNE

Garrisson Duvivier had sixteen points and a career-high eight assists

Garrisson Duvivier had sixteen points and a career-high eight assists

(Amesbury MA) The Scots squandered a big first-half league but came on strong in the final seven minutes of the game to defeat The University of New England, 74-62, on Wednesday night in Biddeford (ME).

Long-range shooting was important for both teams.

Jake Haar (13 pts in the first half) helped Gordon (8-6) to a lead as big as sixteen (36-20) in the first half.

In the second half, it was CJ Autry’s turn to light up from long-distance.  CJ’s five triples were part of UNE rally that had the Nor’Easters ahead, 45-44, with 12 minutes left.

This was now anyone’s game.  Could somebody cool off CJ Autry?  Could Gordon find some consistent offense?

The answers turned out to be “Yes,” and “Yes.”

Jake Hart played some important defense for Gordon

Jake Hart played some important defense for Gordon

Sam Johnson made eight free throws against UNE

Sam Johnson made eight free throws against UNE

Junior Jake Hart applied the glue to CJ and the clean looks vanished.  The UNE shooting (bottom in the CCC in field-goal percentage) went south and it was costly for the home team.

At 7:12 GC had a 54-53 lead.  3 ½ minutes later the lead was 63-53.  UNE never recovered.

Where did the late-game offense come from for GC?  Close to the basket and the foul line.  For a while it was Garrisson Duvivier (14 second-half points) and then it was Sam Johnson (11 second-half points including 7-of-8 from the free throw line).

What interested me in the late-game breakaway was that Garrisson and Sam were not in the game together.  The strategy worked because with four shooters in the game with Garrisson or Sam, UNE’s help defense was limited.  Give Garrisson or Sam one-on-one coverage without additional defenders nearby and points and/or free throws will soon follow.  That was the way it was as GC pulled away to a double-digit lead in the closing minutes.

Jake Haar (16 points) lit up the UNE zone in the first half

Jake Haar (16 points) lit up the UNE zone in the first half

The Nor’Easters (4-10) started the game in a zone and I could only think of two words: “Jake Haar.”  Sure enough; bang, bang, and bang and Jake and the Scots were off to a fast start.  That zone was discarded before the half was over.

As UNE struggled to score in the first half, GC coach Tod Murphy used his bench.  Ten different Gordon players registered points in the first half.

Sophomore Garrisson Duvivier reached a career-high in assists with eight.  His behind-the-back pass to uncovered Jake Hart near the basket in the second half got Jake an easy layup.

Sam Johnson registered his 11th double/double of the season.  He had to deal with 6’10” defenders in this one.

Efficiency

Garrisson Duvivier 25

CJ Autry 21 (15 points,6 rebounds)

Sam Johnson 20

Jake Haar 15 (16 points)

Gordon 94

UNE 61

Good feed from UNE.  The sound came on later and it turned out to be Mike Antonellis who also broadcasts the Portland Sea Dogs games.

Nichols took its first CCC defeat as Eastern Nazarene got them by two points at Dudley.

Next for Gordon is Roger Williams at the Bennett Center on Saturday (3PM).  The Hawks have won eight straight.

Box from this game.

 

 

 

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Gordon men’s soccer overwhelms UNE 5-0 in Homecoming matchup

Erik Holmqvist (12) tries to stop Caleb Cole.

Erik Holmqvist (12) tries to stop Caleb Cole.

Action in front of the UNE net

Action in front of the UNE net

(Wenham MA) The game-long moisture did not slow down the Scots (7-1-1) one drop.

Gordon controlled the ball and applied pressure on the University of New England most of this damp afternoon in Saturday’s Homecoming encounter.

UNE (1-6-4) has now lost four straight and are winless since a September 4th victory over St. Joseph’s (ME).

The Nor’easters tallied two goals in the win over St.Joseph’s.  In the other ten games, the team from Biddeford, has just three scores.

With scoring a problem, UNE needed to keep Gordon off the scoreboard.  Didn’t happen as the Scots passed and passed for good chances and put up two goals in the first half.

Senior Caleb Cole had both of them.  On the first goal he finished a Danny Nkhalamba feed with a header.  Later in the first half CC was able to put a serious charge into a left-footed shot. UNE Goalie Elijah Leverett had no chance on either goal.gcune-a1-cc-heads-toward-goalgcune-a2-cc-sees-header-go-into-net-for-2nd-goal

There was no holding back for Gordon.  Despite the sometimes slippery conditions, completed passes and scoring chances added up.  GC would get three more goals before the afternoon was over.

Josh Cochran drew a penalty kick and Tyler Modzeleski turned it into Gordon’s third goal.

Less than three minutes later, Danny Nklalamba got an open look from the left that led to his second goal of the season.  Josh Beveridge had the assist.gcune-a10-danny-1gcune-a11-danny-2gcune-a12-danny-3gcune-a13-danny-4gcune-a14-danny-5gcune-a15-danny-6

Later, freshman Matt Chartier got his 6th goal off a wonderful setup by Danny.

Obviously, Danny Nklalamba was huge on the scoresheet with a goal and two assists.

Plenty of substitutions in the second half for both teams.

UNE clears with a header

UNE clears with a header

Gordon GK Josh Spoonhour was called on to make a couple of tough saves but on this afternoon most of the action was in the UNE side of the field.

One of the things I really liked about this game was that the whistles and the whining were at a minimum.  The last GC game I saw, other than on the Gordon feed, was the Roger Williams OT tie game.  The whining on both sides was endless.  Today’s contest was a different game entirely with much more of a flow to it.

UNE was picked to finish 9th by the Commonwealth Coast Conference coaches.   They returned only five starters.

Gordon was picked to win the CCC.  They have a roster with talented players in every class.  There are some very good teams in the CCC so nothing is certain for the rest of the season but the Scots have a great chance to get a second straight title.

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Soccer ball on the roof of a Gordon dorm

Soccer ball on the roof of a Gordon dorm

Caleb Cole puts a hard shot on net

Caleb Cole puts a hard shot on net

Callum Heaslewood (8) and Colin Surface (2)

Callum Heaslewood (8) and Colin Surface (2)

Danny Nkhalamba settles a high pass

Danny Nkhalamba settles a high pass

Ricardo Infantozzi in UNE traffic

Ricardo Infantozzi in UNE traffic

Matt Chartier breaks free for his 6th goal

Matt Chartier breaks free for his 6th goal

Tyler Modzeleski about to tally a penalty kick

Tyler Modzeleski about to tally a penalty kick

 

 

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12-point streak in the second half gets Gordon by UNE 76-67

(Biddeford ME/Amesbury) This game was not fun to watch for the longest time.

Maybe it was UNE’s feed which had its visual problems.

More likely it was the thirty minutes of mediocre, at best, offense in which neither team could put points together.

But then, trailing 50-45 with 9:47 remaining, some switch was turned and the Scots, for 2+ minutes, scored twelve unanswered points. Up 57-50, Gordon had enough left on both ends to keep UNE from getting closer the rest of the way.

That run was certainly the difference as Gordon (10-10/7-6) defeated UNE, 76-67, on Tuesday night.

That’s three straight for the Scots and my wondering if they can make the Final Eight in the Commonwealth Coast Conference has significantly lessened. My curiosity now is whether they can break into the top four in the standings. From there a team gets at least one home game in the CCC playoffs.

Let’s return to that spurt of good consistent offense. Who saw it coming? But come it did and within were ingredients that have powered the Scots to recent wins. Rebounding is certainly one of them. Gordon abused UNE on the boards (52-28). The team from Wenham had twenty-three second chance points.

In the run that won, Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds/11 points) got loose inside for a score and was fouled. Shortly after that Garrisson again was in close and was fouled. He made the first but missed the second. You knew things were heading GC’s way when they got the rebound (Jake Hart) of the missed free throw and it turned into a Noah Szilagyi 3-pointer.

Still no answer from the Nor’Easters. A Richie Armand steal then set up a Jake Haar three. Next, Jake went to the line for two. The UNE announcer, and I thought he was outstanding, did everything in his power to jinx the Californian. “He hasn’t missed a free throw all season. Might as well just give him the two points.” It didn’t work. Jake sank both of them. And yes, he is 17-for-17!

That is where the twelve points came from and against poor-shooting UNE it was enough to carry the day.

UNE (10-10/5-8) sat back in a zone for some of the game and it worked for quite a while. They were daring the launch-and-pray. In the pull away second half GC launched and scored making 5-of-10 from long range.

When the home team was forced to play man-to-man they just didn’t have the ability to protect the inside consistently. Sam Johnson had fifteen points from around the basket.

If you’re a fan of the team and you’re short of things to worry about, how about putting some time into worrying about the GC foul shooting? The Scots missed eleven second-half free throws (14-for-25). Maybe Jake could do a seminar??

Efficiency Chart

Drew Coveney 19 (8 pts/8 assists/4 steals)

Sam Johnson 17 (15 pts/9 rebounds)

Garrisson Duvivier 17 (11 pts/13 rebounds/3 assists)

CJ Autry 12 (14 pts)

Jake Hart 10 (3 assists/3 steals/6 pts)

Eric Demers 10 (11 pts/4 rebounds)

Gordon 95

UNE 72

Game Boxscore

Gordon plays at the Bennett Center on Saturday (3PM) against a much improved Salve Regina team. Last Saturday’s crowd at the ENC thriller was a difference maker.

I know that this is none of my business but I can’t help myself. What pleasure could the UNE women’s team have gotten in building up a 70-point lead over GC’s team? I know that GC is struggling and bears some responsibility for keeping a game competitive but did it need to take UNE three quarters to figure out that GC wasn’t likely to make a 50-point comeback? Long ago I used to watch boxing. When an opponent was defenseless the referee would step in and end the fight to prevent serious injury. In my opinion, when a basketball opponent is losing badly it is the place of the winning coach to do whatever it takes to minimize the damage. Run the clock. Stop pressing and fast breaking. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

 

 

 

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Gordon puts everything together routing UNE 83-64

Sam Johnson (18 points/12 rebounds) was a force on both ends of the court

Sam Johnson (18 points/12 rebounds) was a force on both ends of the court

Noah Szilagyi (18 points) had his best game

Noah Szilagyi (18 points) had his best game

(Wenham MA) Sometimes a game gets away from a team early. That’s how I saw Gordon’s 83-64 win over the University of New England tonight.

Gordon (5-6) started out in a zone defense and UNE passed their way into 3-point opportunities. Gordon also employed a box-and-one on Devon Thompson to keep the sharp-shooting senior from getting too many touches. Both of those defensive schemes worked like a charm.

Meanwhile on the offensive end the Scots shot over 50% and hurt the Nor’Easters on the inside and outside.

It was fun to watch for home-team folks gathered at the Bennett Center for the Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup.

UNE (6-4) came in with impressive wins over Bates and Bowdoin. In the Bates game, UNE was 10-for-14 long range, so when Gordon started with the zone defenses I thought it could be trouble for the Scots. O me of little faith!

UNE saw the zone and settled into one 3-point attempt after another. On this night, the visitors missed their first nine tries! (Not every night goes this way.) And while UNE missed, Gordon connected, jumping in front, 13-5, after six minutes.

After Ben Judson (from St. John’s Prep in Danvers) broke the 3-point drought for UNE, Noah Szilagyi drained consecutive 3’s in twenty seconds and GC led 19-8.

Later in the first half, freshman Jake Haar ran a 3, a layup, and another 3 together. Everything seemed to be going right and Gordon was in front, 41-31, at the half.

Drew Coveney (nine assists) looks for daylight against Luke Meyer

Drew Coveney (nine assists) looks for daylight against Luke Meyer

I wondered at halftime if the second half would find UNE heating up while the Scots cooled off. Nope on both counts.

The Nor-Easters got within eight a couple of times in the second half but a Sam Johnson layup boosted the GC spread back to double digits (53-43) and the Scots never let UNE any closer over the final fourteen minutes.

The best stat in the second half? Gordon had only three turnovers. That’s right, three. A team that takes care of the ball has more scoring opportunities and when you shoot over 50% the chances of a W are good.

Best stat of the game? Twenty-four assists. I had to go back to a 2013 game against Worcester State to see that number matched. Assists mean unselfish play. Assists mean getting the ball into the hands of the hot shooters. Plenty of both of that in this game.

Junior Sam Johnson came away with my #1 star topping the Efficiency Chart. Sam put his 6th double/double together with three assists.

Efficiency Chart

Sam Johnson 26 (12 rebounds/18 points)

Noah Szilagyi 20 (18 points/7-for-8 shooting)

Garrisson Duvivier 15 (13 rebounds)

Ben Judson 15 (17 points)

Drew Coveney 14 (9 assists)

Gordon 113

UNE 60

That 20 in Efficiency was Noah’s highest mark this season.

Devin Thompson gets a block

Devin Thompson gets a block

Tough night for Devin Thompson. The senior from St. Mary’s in Lynn was held to four points. Came in with a 19 points per game average. He did, however, have a block which for guards can be memorable.

Ben Judson, Drew Muniz, and Devin Thompson had fans in the house.

It probably helped GC freshman Jake Haar (11 points) to have family from California on hand at the Bennett Center. They’ll see two more games before heading back to winter weather many of us can only dream about.

Next for GC will be a trip to Newport (RI) to face 5-6 Salve Regina on Thursday night. Lest that record fool you, the Seahawks defeated formerly undefeated ENC in Quincy tonight. SR has been featuring Nick Bates of nearby Danvers High School.

Not surprised to see Dylan Marshall launch and connect versus UNE. Last year he dropped four 3’s on the Nor’Easters.

Next home game is Curry on Saturday afternoon.

Boxscore

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Game on!

Game on!

Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds) heavily guarded by CJ Autry

Garrisson Duvivier (13 rebounds) heavily guarded by CJ Autry

CJ Autry had 14 points and 10 rebounds

CJ Autry had 14 points and 10 rebounds

Eric Demers defended by Devin Thompson

Eric Demers defended by Devin Thompson

UNE launches one of their thirty-eight 3's

UNE launches one of their thirty-eight 3’s

Drew Muniz (Gloucester) and Noah Szilagyi

Drew Muniz (Gloucester) and Noah Szilagyi

Sam Johnson in for two

Sam Johnson in for two

Gordon bench late in the game

Gordon bench late in the game

Dylan Marshall and Luke Rohan

Dylan Marshall and Luke Rohan

Sam Johnson (12 rebounds) and Jake Haar (11 points)

Sam Johnson (12 rebounds) and Jake Haar (11 points)

Freshman Ben Judson led UNE with 17 points

Freshman Ben Judson led UNE with 17 points

Devin Thompson (#3) leads a break

Devin Thompson (#3) leads a break

Gavin Dibble double-teamed by Sam Johnson and Jake Hart

Gavin Dibble double-teamed by Sam Johnson and Jake Hart

Udoka Obiora blocks a shot

Udoka Obiora blocks a shot

Noah Szilagyi gets a layup off a fast break

Noah Szilagyi gets a layup off a fast break

 

 

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