(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 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.
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)
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