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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

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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.

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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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Dylan Marshall drains four second-half 3’s to lead Gordon past UNE 59-51

Richie Armand (great defense) and Dylan Marshall (four 3-pointers in the second half) enjoy the final seconds of the win over UNE

Richie Armand (great defense) and Dylan Marshall (four 3-pointers in the second half) enjoy the final seconds of the win over UNE

Dylan Marshall caught fire from long range against UNE

Dylan Marshall caught fire from long range against UNE

(Wenham MA) Freshman Dylan Marshall connected four times from long range in the second half leading Gordon to a 59-51 win over UNE on Wednesday night at the Bennett Center.

Dylan’s biggest 3-pointer came with 1:22 left.  It delighted the GC faithful and gave the Scots breathing room 53-47 in the end game.

The Gordon defense was something special down the stretch.   Richie Armand limited high-scoring Devin Thompson (20 points) to two free throws over the final 4+ minutes and Hans Miersma (6 blocks) denied UNE drives.

The Nor’Easters were within a point (48-47) with 4 ½ minutes left but went on an 0-for-7 shooting drought over the next 4:14.

During that same segment Gordon took a 3-point (50-47) lead on a Dominic Paradis (11 points) jumper in the lane but then turned the ball over four straight possessions.

Richie Armand held Devin Thompson to seven second-half points

Richie Armand held Devin Thompson to seven second-half points

That 3-point lead was anything but safe as the clock ticked under two minutes but on this night Dylan Marshall’s final three with 1:22 left (assist Richie Armand) gave the Scots a six-point cushion that cold-shooting UNE couldn’t overcome.

The Nor’easters (6-16) employed a 2-3 zone that frustrated what GC usually does best; get the ball inside to Hans Miersma and Jason Dempsey.  With the inside neutralized other things had to kick in for the Scots (10-12) and on this night they did.

One thing that kicked in was turning UNE miscues (12) into points.  The Scots had a season-high (?) twenty-one points off of those TO’s with the remarkably quick Jaren Yang (15 points) in the middle of most of them.

No reason to suspect that Dylan (12 points) would go off like he did versus UNE.  The freshman was one for his last eight attempts from long range and his season high to this point had been six points against Rochester in November.  But Dylan was feeling it tonight in the second half and once he made a couple he was all-in for more attempts.  His last three truly helped separate GC from what would have been a very painful loss.

Dominic Paradis (11 points) finds daylight in the UNE zone

Dominic Paradis (11 points) finds daylight in the UNE zone

Gordon found openings in the UNE zone for a while in the second half as Dominic Paradis (11 points) found space below the foul line.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 16 (12 rebounds/six blocks)
Dylan Marshall 15
Devin Thompson 14
Jaren Yang 12
Richie Armand 11 (5 assists/6 rebounds)

Gordon 72
UNE 48

The Scots were again without Taylor Bajema (thumb).  Jason Dempsey (knee) is back but not nearly at 100%.

Devin Thompson (20 points) looks for a pass

Devin Thompson (20 points) looks for a pass

Junior Devin Thompson went to nearby St. Mary’s (Lynn MA) and was recruited by Gordon.  I saw Devin lead the Spartans to the Massachusetts Division 4 state title in 2012 over Cathedral.  He had twenty-five points in the big game.

Richie Armand (Hempstead NY) seemed to have a New York history with UNE freshman Gavin Dibble (East Marion NY).

The win tonight clinches a spot for Gordon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament later this month.  The Scots (7-8) are alone in 5th place trailing 4th place Wentworth by two games with three games left.  Looks like GC will be traveling to Boston in the CCC quarterfinals.

Gordon visits last-place Salve Regina (Newport RI) on Saturday.  The Seahawks may be in last place but they defeated the Scots, 79-76, at the Bennett Center in January.

Hans Miersma had six blocks including this one

Hans Miersma had six blocks including this one

UNE had a win over Gordon in their first game, also in January.

The Nor’Easters have no seniors and one junior (Devin Thompson) on their roster.

The big CCC news tonight was Endicott dumping previously undefeated Nichols, 85-80, at Beverly.  Over 700 were on hand for that one.  Endicott has defeated ENC and Nichols this week.

Boxscore

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Craig McFarlane gets two

Craig McFarlane gets two

Jaren Yang (15 points) gets fouled on a fast break

Jaren Yang (15 points) gets fouled on a fast break

Sam Johnson tries to block the shot of Drew Coveney

Sam Johnson tries to block the shot of Drew Coveney

Devin Thompson (shooting) turned cold in the second half

Devin Thompson (shooting) turned cold in the second half

Richie Armand (#12) had five assists

Richie Armand (#12) had five assists

Dylan Marshall eyes the clock in the closing seconds

Dylan Marshall eyes the clock in the closing seconds

The UNE interior defense surrounds Hans Miersma

The UNE interior defense surrounds Hans Miersma

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Gordon falls to UNE 65-59 in second straight late-game conference loss

Jason Dempsey was 7-for-7 shooting free throws

Jason Dempsey was 7-for-7 shooting free throws

(Amesbury) The Scots traveled to Biddeford (ME) and let another Commonwealth Coast Conference game get away, 65-59, to the University of New England on Thursday night.

That is two straight CCC losses for Gordon both the one to Salve Regina (Saturday) and this one alarmingly similar.  In each defeat GC started badly, caught up and was ahead late in the second half, and then folded down the stretch.

The video feed from UNE (5-9) was excellent with terrific commentary.  I enjoyed reading about what was going to happen before it actually happened on the screen.

What surprised me about this game was that UNE played a zone defense and made it work.  Gordon had a ton of good outside looks but made only 6-of-23 attempts.

It also surprised me that the Nor’Easters didn’t press until halfway through the second half.  UNE was still able to cause GC turnovers (22) with limited pressure.  Dribbling through the UNE zone was tried unsuccessfully on several occasions.

Gordon fell behind 16-5 after ten minutes but rallied to a 29-27 halftime edge.  In the second half GC led by five (45-40) with ten minutes left.  The score was tied four times in the last five minutes.  The final tie being 59-59 with 1:44 remaining.

The next possession the Scots yielded an offensive rebound that led to UNE’s go-ahead, 3-pointer.  After a Hans Miersma miss the Nor’Easters converted 1-of-2 free throws to build a 4-point lead.  Trailing by four with twenty-six seconds left the Scots, for reasons unknown to this viewer, dribbled away eighteen seconds before turning the ball over.   A quick accurate shot was what was needed but GC couldn’t find one and dropped their 4th CCC game.

Evrim Ozkan and Devin Thompson paced UNE with twelve points each.

Gordon and UNE are now tied in the CCC with 3-4 records.  Nichols tops the conference with a 7-0 start.

The UNE zone caused a quiet night for Hans Miersma (5 shot attempts) but he still topped the efficiency list.

Efficiency

Hans Miersma - Topped the efficiency list despite taking only five shots

Hans Miersma – Topped the efficiency list despite taking only five shots

Hans Miersma 21 (11 rebounds/3 blocks/2 assists)

Drew Coveney 20 (11 points/6 assists/5 steals)

Jason Dempsey 14 (15 points/ 7-7 from foul line)

Matt Lettick 11

Evrim Ozkan 10 (12 points)

UNE 69
Gordon 67

This Saturday ENC will be at the Bennett Center.  The Scots will be looking to end their two-game losing streak against the team that was favored in the preseason coaches’ poll to win the CCC.

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