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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 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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