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Gordon reaches CCC title game after 103-89 win over Roger Williams

Clock runs out on Roger Williams

Garrisson Duvivier (28 points) checks out

(Wenham MA) Big doings in just one game.

Gordon (22-4) outlasted Roger Williams, 103-89, to reach the Commonwealth Coast Conference title game on Saturday at Holy Cross (4:30PM).

But that’s not all.

Senior Garrisson Duviver (28 points) passed Jim Petty to gain the top spot as Gordon’s all-time leading scorer.

The shooting in this game was remarkable.  Defense was being played by both teams, but it didn’t seem to have much effect!

Eli Harris (20 points) made six 3’s for the Hawks

Roger Williams (15-12) made eleven three’s in the first half and still trailed by two (51-49).

“I didn’t know if they were ever going to miss a shot,” said GC coach Tod Murphy post-game.  “At halftime I said, ‘I don’t know whether to be scared out of my mind because we’re shooting and playing so well and only up by two or if I should be thrilled that they’ve made so many three’s (11-for-19) that they can’t keep it up.’”

As it turned out, the Scots (23-4) never cooled off.  In the second half they made nineteen of twenty-seven field goal attempts including an astonishing 7-for-8 from long range.  They were also 7-for-7 from the foul line.

That sort of shooting is hard to match but credit the Hawks, they were still able to be close (85-85) with 5:43 left.

Eric Demers (four assists) passes inside to Garrisson Duvivier

After that?  The team from Bristol (RI) had unproductive possessions while the Scots rolled on in their happy shooting ways.

If you’re looking for big shots, Jake Haar’s two three’s (assisted by Eric Demers) in Gordon’s next three possessions will do.  Garrisson Duvivier had a layup in between the two triples and suddenly Gordon was up, 93-85, with three minutes left.

Again credit RW for hanging in there.  Two Austin Coene (36 points) layups surrounded a Garrisson Duviver turnoever and the Scots’ lead was only four (93-89) with 2:14 left.

Turning point alert: Over the final 2:14 the Hawks didn’t score again.  Missed a jump shot, a layup, a three, and had two turnovers.

Jake Haar (15 points) hit five 3’s for the Scots

Meanwhile, the Scots added two points on each of their final five possessions; layups Eric Demers and Garrisson Duvivier, and free throws Noah Szilagyi (4) and Eric Demers (2).

That closing run was enough to give Gordon a 103-89 semifinals win.

“There is great competition in the CCC,” said Garrisson afterwards.  “In the tournament everyone is coming to play.  Roger Williams brought it tonight.”

There were seven ties and six lead changes.

Noah Szilagyi (14 points)

“It was like the Nichols game and the Wentworth game,” said Coach Murphy.  “I wish we could get up and stay up.”

“You go through highs and you go through lows,” said Garrisson, “but you do it together.  It was our group of guys coming together.  We just kept attacking.”

Gordon will face top seed Nichols (24-2) in the title game.  Five years ago was the last time the Scots got this far.  The opponent then?  Nichols.

“The last time we were in this game was against Nichols,” said Coach Murphy, “and it turned out pretty well.”

Possibly lost in all the interest in Garrisson’s quest to be the GC all-time scorer was the play of the other four starters.

Parker Omslaer – eight points, nine rebounds, 4-for-5 shooting.

Eric Demers (34 points)

Eric Demers – thirty-four points on a very hot 13-for-17 shooting, four assists.

Noah Szilagyi – fourteen points, three steals.

Jake Haar – most 3’s (five) he’s had since Salem State in November, fifteen points, three assists.

It truly was, as Garrisson said, a team effort.

The CCC’s player-of-the year (Austin Coene) was good as usual: 36 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds.

Austin Coene (36 points)

“Austin is an unbelievable player,” said Coach Murphy. “I’m thrilled not to have to play against him anymore.”

Freshman Eli Harris (20 points) hit six triples for the Hawks.

Coach Murphy on Garrisson: “I didn’t think that he’d score like he’s done.  When I recruited him he weighed about 190 pounds.  He showed up on campus and he was 220.  I said, ‘this is a kid who wants to be the best.’ I knew he wanted it and would work at it.”

Garrisson on being the scoring leader: “It’s a blessing.  I never thought it would happen.  I knew I was close, but I didn’t know if I was going to get it or not.  It’s just the grace of God that has allowed me to be here and doing what I’ve done. The record would have meant nothing if we hadn’t won the game.”

Box from the game

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Austin Coene in the lane

Austin Coene looks for an opening

Avelino Damoura

Drew Hart and Garrisson Duvivier

Eric Demers on the move

Garrisson Duvivier finger roll

Noah Szilagyi in for two

Garrisson Duvivier layup




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Eric Demers (36) and Garrisson Duvivier (24) lead Gordon by Roger Williams 103-94

Garrisson Duvivier

Eric Demers

(Amesbury MA) On January 12th, Gordon needed nine points in the final ninety seconds to catch Roger Williams.

This afternoon, the catch-up process kicked in earlier, and that made the final minutes a lot less nerve-racking.

Gordon (19-2) defeated Roger Williams (11-10) 103-94, on Saturday afternoon in Bristol, RI.

Big afternoon for RW’s Austin Coene as the senior became the first player from that school to reach 2000 points.  The 6-2 senior had 35 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists but it wasn’t enough to get a W against Gordon.

Austin Coene reached 2000 points for Roger Williams

Why?  The Scots turned on the Eric & Garrisson Show and it was fun watching for the GC faithful.

It may have been Eric’s best game if stats mean anything.  The GC junior got to the basket all afternoon and drew fouls.  He went to the foul line a career-high sixteen times and made fifteen.

Eric finished with thirty-six points and is now in 7th place on the all-time Gordon scoring list with 1511 points.

Garrisson Duvivier co-starred in the Scots sixty-two point second half.  The Hawks had no answers for him close to the basket.  GD collected eighteen points and handed out three assists in the 2nd half.  On defense?  Six rebounds, three blocks, 2 steals.

Gordon trailed by ten (57-47) at 16:33 of the second half.  3 ½ minutes later, the Scots ended a 14-0 run having caught up and pulled ahead, 61-57.  The Hawks missed six shots and had two turnovers in this segment.  Eric had seven points in this run while Garrisson added five.

Neither teams could gain separation over the next ten minutes and the Scots had a very slim, 79-78, lead with 5:57 left.  Three minutes later Gordon was up, 90-80, and separation had been gained.

Josh Ribeiro

Jake Haar started the 11-2 run with a three from Josh Crutchfield.  Garrisson followed with a layup before Eric added two free throws and hit a jump shot.  Garrisson finished this good segment with a layup.  Garrisson two offensive rebounds kept possessions alive as Gordon gained a 90-80 advantage with 2:57 remaining.

Gordon has won three straight and are now 8-1 on the road.  They will be on the road in Milton (MA) on Tuesday night against Curry.  The Scots don’t want to be using their familiar “fall-behind-early” routine there.

Senior Day is on the 9th with Salve Regina the opponent.  The Scots have seven seniors.

Eric’s big afternoon also included seven assists and five steals.  He had only one turnover in a game in which he often had the ball on offense.

Senior Josh Ribeiro played a season-high twenty minutes.  His minutes could be up the rest of the way.

Maybe it’s my computer but once again I lost connections during an online game.  Is anyone else having a similar problem??  I have bonded with the Comcast robot!

Box from the game

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Gordon rallies to win 94-91 over Roger Williams in OT

Garrisson Duvivier (33 points) overpowered Roger Williams inside

David Massillon (15) pressures Austin Coene (34 points)

(Wenham MA) Neither coach could believe it.

Gordon somehow, some way rallied back to reach overtime and went from there to defeat disappointed Roger Williams, 94-91, on Saturday afternoon.

“We had a nine-point lead and two free throws with 1 ½ minutes left,” said RW coach Mike Tully afterwards.  “We missed the free throws and then we panicked.  We never should have lost the game.”

Gordon coach Tod Murphy was on the other side of it.  “I can’t explain the win.  It was a special game and we got lucky.”

Eric Demers (35 points) finds a way to get a shot off

The stars were surely out as three of last year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference first-teamers, Austin Coene (34 points), Garrisson Duvivier (33 points), Eric Demers (35 points) had big afternoons.

The Hawks (8-8) took a 10-9 lead to a 29-12 lead in six minutes.  During this stretch the visitors from Bristol (RI) went through the GC zone for 4 layups and went over it for a three.  Meanwhile, the Scots missed three 3’s and had six turnovers.

“The problem for us was that it became the Eric and Garrison Show,” explained Coach Murphy.  “Yes, they can win you ballgames but if we take the other three out of the game suddenly it’s two-on-five instead of five-on-five.”

JJ Pfohl had twelve points for RW

For a team on a thirteen-game win streak, a 37-28 deficit (at halftime) was far from insurmountable.

Back came the Scots (15-1) in the second half and with 5 minutes left a Parker Omslaer dunk had GC within one (63-62).

The paying-attention Gordon fan had to figure that Roger Williams was about to be passed.  Gordon hadn’t lost since November……..and all that!

Coach Tully called time.  His Hawks then went back to making shots and Gordon returned to just the opposite.

Two minutes later the Hawks had rattled off ten unanswered points; two 3’s by Rich Pugliese, a layup by Ian Carmichael, and a jump shot from Austin Coene.

Garrisson Duvivier (33 points) muscles his way to the basket

Now it was Coach Murphy’s turn to call a timeout.  With three minutes left, the Scots trailed by eleven (73-62).

Coach Murphy recalled that Garrisson Duvivier had something to say in the timeout.  He told the team that it would be part of the “process of getting better.  Let’s get better,” he said, “during the next three minutes.”

Coach Murphy added, “I didn’t think that we had enough time, but we did.”

Another thing that happened during that timeout was that Gordon changed to a man-to-man defense.

“We work on man-to-man every day in practice,” said Garrisson afterwards.  “We needed energy and stops, and it worked out for the best.”

Freshman David Massillon was inserted into the lineup and during the final three minutes he had two steals that led to four points.

Eric Demers gets to the basket

Roger Williams was held scoreless for the final three minutes and Gordon was able to rally all the way back.  Eric Demers hit a big three to send the game into overtime.

Again, credit Roger Williams.  They recovered from end-of-regulation lapse and jumped to a five-point lead (84-79) two minutes into the five-minute overtime.

But also, credit Gordon.  They turned the final three minutes into fifteen points led by Garrisson Duvivier.

Foul trouble caught up to the Hawks and they tried to cover 6-6 Garrisson with guards including Austin Coene.  That was costly because Garrisson is too much for players his size.  Put a guard on him and points and free throws will follow.  Top scorer Austin Coene fouled out with 1:45 left in OT and the Hawks had only a layup to show for the rest of the way.  They did get a three (JJ Pfohl) at the buzzer.

Garrisson Duvivier gets between defenders

“I tried to take advantage of the size difference,” said GD.  “If they doubled, I had guys I could kick it out to.”

The margin was just two (90-88) for Gordon with thirty-six seconds left.  The Scots held onto the ball for twenty-three seconds of the remaining time and then Eric Demers got to the rim.  Garrisson went from there to block a shot down the other end and then put GC ahead 94-88 with two free throws.

“The guys never stopped believing that we were going to win,” said Garrisson.  “The coaches told us things that worked.”

Coach Murphy: “You’ve got to have games like this in order to have a special season.  It was silly that we waited so long to make the plays we needed to make.  At least we got the wake-up bell before the game was over!”

Garrisson: “The streak (now fourteen) doesn’t matter to us.  Our record doesn’t matter to us.  All we care about is getting better each game.  In the second half we got better.”

Noah Szilagyi finished with ten points and had an important three during the comeback in regulation.

Gordon made 26-of-31 free throw attempts

The Gordon free throw shooting was excellent and they had plenty of opportunities.  The Scots ended 26-31 for the game.  During the second half?  14-for 14 and they needed every one of them.

Eric Demers had a season-high thirty-five points.  That was enough to put him in 9th place on the all-time scoring list ahead of Tim Kehoe.

Garrisson’s 33 points was his second highest point production of his career.  He had thirty-four against Nichols as a freshman.  GD’s points today moved him beyond Doug Lindland.  He’s now in second place with 1675 points.  Jim Petty heads the all-time scoring list with 1902.

Garrisson Duvivier eyes the hoop

Garrisson added seventeen rebounds to earn his 13th double/double of this season.  He tied a season high with four blocks.  He also tied a season high with seven turnovers.

“At the end of the game, Garrisson took over and refused to be stopped,” said Coach Murphy.

RW’s Austin Coene had a nice stat line (34 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) but he too had seven turnovers.

Last year at Gordon, freshman JJ Pfohl, with a 5-point average, hit the Scots with twenty-five points.  In the same game Eric reached 1000 points.

Garrisson Duvivier slams

Gordon has won three straight from Roger Williams.

Both teams were 18-9 last season.

Good crowd at the Bennett Center in the condensed stands.  They saw a terrific game.

Box from the game

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The Bennett Center crowd was happy with the result

Josh Crutchfield and Noah Szilagyi apply pressure

RW coach Mike Tully

Garrisson Duvivier defends an inbounds attempt

Shirt tug





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Gordon ends 8-game Roger Williams’ win streak 82-65

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Jaren Yang had a career game in the Gordon win

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points)

(Wenham MA) Roger Williams came into the Bennett Center riding an eight-game win streak and had only two losses in this season’s first fourteen game.

A worthy opponent for sure with only one loss in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

But on this afternoon, Gordon took the lead for good late in the first half and maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half.  The final was 82-65.

The Scots (9-6) were impressive and the win should put GC in the conversation for best team in the CCC.  I know they lost to Endicott and Nichols, but only by a point each.

The “steadies” on the Scots have been Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier around the basket and Jake Haar long range.

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

Sam Johnson scored thirteen points and had sixteen rebounds

I propose an addition to that group: Jaren Yang.  I’m not basing that only on Jaren’s career game this afternoon against the Hawks (12-3).  Consider that the junior point guard, who has the ball so often, has a 26/5 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last four games.  That’s taking good care of the ball!  Free throw shooting?  One of the best.  He has missed only two free throws all season and has made his last thirty-five.  His consistent, positive play of late has made the Scots a better team.

In the early going today, RW played like a team that hadn’t lost since November.  They passed well and found layups on fastbreaks when the Scots admired shots for too long.  The Hawks were up by six (28-22) with 9:36 to go in the first half.

But the visitors from Bristol (RI) went cold for three minutes and GC caught up and went ahead.  The go-ahead hoop was off a nifty feed from Garrisson Duvivier to Jake Haar.

With the score tied 35-35 the Hawks had a tough final 3 ½ minutes committing four turnovers and missing all four shots attempts.  That opened the door for GC.  Led by Noah Szilagyi (triple and layup assisted by Garrisson), Gordon moved in front by seven (42-35) at the half.

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

Jake Haar scored fifteen points

In the second half, the Scots pushed the lead to ten (45-35) on a Jake Haar three.  That margin would reach seventeen (58-41) with 11:26 remaining.  RW shot it down to nine a couple of times but on this day the Scots always had answers to keep the Hawks from getting closer.

Both teams cleared their benches in the final minute.

Students are still away and it seemed that Roger Williams had more support than GC did.

Next for GC is Tuesday (5:30PM) against Wentworth.  The Leopards have defeated Gordon five straight times.

Roger Williams will be hosting Endicott (7-1 in CCC) Tuesday night.  Be nice if the Hawks brought the Gulls back to the 6-2 Scots.

The Hawks may have lost, and gotten beaten up in Efficiency, but they had three players in the top five.  Beyond Austin Coene, Conor O’Brien, and Nick Marini, however, there weren’t many contributions.

Conor O'Brien gets a block

Conor O’Brien gets a block

Nick (6’1”) had twelve points, eleven rebounds, and seven assists.  That is an excellent stat line.

This was Jaren Yang’s best game and the Efficiency Stat confirms it.  Jaren ended up at 23 which is his best ever.  His nineteen points were one off his career-high twenty last season against Worcester State.  The most impressive stat to me in the assist-to-turnover ratio.  When your point guard is getting the ball to scorers while not committing turnovers, the team is in a good place.  The free throws are an end-game piece of gold.


Nick Marini 26

Sam Johnson 25 (13 pts, 16 rebs)

Jaren Yang 23

Austin Coene 17 (21 points, 3 assists)

Conor O’Brien 17 (13 points, 3 steals)

Gordon 97

Roger Williams 64

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

Sam Johnson snags a rebound

The Scots outrebounded RW 48-28.

Sam’s double/double was his eleventh of the season.

The new Jake Haar?  Guarded closely beyond the arc, the sophomore took the ball to the basket several times.

Jake Hart missed five shots but his defense, including nine rebounds, made up for it.

Garrisson Duvivier paced Gordon with twenty points.

Box from the game.

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Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Graham Tienhaara rebounds

Garrisson Duvivier

Garrisson Duvivier

rebound battle

rebound battle

Jake Haar looks to pass

Jake Haar looks to pass

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier finds a teammate in the lane

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Austin Coene (21 points) covered by Jake Haar

Andrew Wasik

Andrew Wasik

battle on the boards

battle on the boards

Brett Bowman

Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt

Cody Hunt

Steve Vampatella

Steve Vampatella

Jaylen Jennings

Jaylen Jennings


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Gordon bows to Roger Williams 67-62 losing fourth straight

Austin Coene (22 points) gets into the paint

Austin Coene (22 points) gets into the paint

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points-12 rebounds-5 assists)

Garrisson Duvivier (20 points-12 rebounds-5 assists)

(Wenham MA) Well, that didn’t go so good!

The second time through the Commonwealth Coast Conference gave Gordon a chance to better their 4-5 record of the first time.

That record bettering didn’t get off to a good start this afternoon as the Scots (7-10) fell to Roger Williams, 67-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

That’s four straight losses for the reeling Scots and their second straight to Roger Williams (8-9) in the 2015-16 season.

Eight more games left in the regular season, so there’s still time to improve on the 4-5 first-time slate.

If the young Scots have been anything this season it would be consistently inconsistent in so many games. Missing is a team steadiness, a team reliability. Consistently good offensive and defensive games in a row are not this team’s norm. Let me be quick to add that this irregularity is not from lack of desire.

Versus the Hawks from Bristol (RI) the Scots held the lead in the first half and didn’t fall behind (37-36) until there were fourteen minutes left in the game. The rest of the way? Very frustrating for Gordon Nation. The team came close several times but just couldn’t combine enough good shooting with defensive stops to catch the Hawks.

The Scots were 3-for-19 from downtown

The Scots were 3-for-19 from downtown

The Hawks were there to be caught too. The visitors missed seven free throws with the lead but the Scots seemed to buy into the long-range fix and that approach didn’t work this afternoon.

Gordon missed six straight 3-pointers after losing the lead before Jake Haar connected with sixteen seconds left. But there wasn’t enough time left to possess the ball with a chance to tie or get ahead.

With the shooting off it was crucial that the Gordon defense step up. Not this time. Freshman Austin Coene (22 points) and sophomore Nick Marini (15 points) were huge in the second half. The two guards were 9-for-12 between them and most of their scores were in the paint. The GC defense has to get better.

Sam Johnson gets two

Sam Johnson gets two

One area that has been consistently good for Gordon has been rebounding. Sam Johnson and Garrisson Duvivier are one and three in the CCC so far. Against RWU those two collected twenty-one caroms and in the process allowed GC for the 14th time this season to out-rebound an opponent.

Garrisson added twenty points in an afternoon of heavy inside RW defensive pressure.

Efficiency Chart

Garrisson Duvivier 23

Austin Coene 22 (22 points)

Sam Johnson 15 (13 points/9 rebounds)

Nick Marini 14 (15 points/4 assists)

Graham Tienhaara 11

Roger Williams 72

Gordon 65


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Noah Szilagyi tries a 3-pointer

Noah Szilagyi tries a 3-pointer

Garrisson Duvivier near the rim

Garrisson Duvivier near the rim

Roger Williams won despite missing twelve free throws

Roger Williams won despite missing twelve free throws

Richie Armand

Richie Armand

Garrisson Duvivier had two dunks in the game including this one

Garrisson Duvivier had two dunks in the game including this one

Austin Coene defends

Austin Coene defends

Nick Marini (15 points)

Nick Marini (15 points)

Josh Syska draws a charge on Sam Johnson

Josh Syska draws a charge on Sam Johnson

Eric Demers splits the RW defense

Eric Demers splits the RW defense



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