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Nichols cools Gordon 107-93 to claim regular season title

DeAnte Bruton (27 points) breaks after a Gordon turnover

Garrisson Duvivier (34 points) powers to the hoop over Matt Morrow

(Wenham MA) Big game.

Big crowd.

Big disappointment.

Nichols (22-2) never trailed defeating Gordon (21-3) 107-93 before the season’s best crowd at the Bennett Center on Wednesday night.

The win gives the Bison a bye in the Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinals next Tuesday.

The Scots will get the #8 seed at home on Tuesday at the Bennett Center.

Gordon had won an earlier meeting between the two teams (76-72) at Dudley (MA) in January.

The Scots put up plenty of points tonight but never could slow Nichols down enough on the defensive end to make the game close in crunch time.

The Bison had three starters score in the twenties; DeAnte Bruton (27), Marcos Echevarria (26), and Matt Morrow (21).  6-8 Jerome Cunningham ended with fourteen points and had five assists.

Nate Tenaglia shadowed Eric Demers

The key player for Nichols may well have been the other starter, sophomore Nate Tenaglia.  Nate was assigned to cover Eric Demers.

“Nate is as tough as it gets,” said Nichols coach Scott Faucher afterwards.  “He loves guarding the other team’s best player.”

Eric again finished with 32 points but needed twenty-nine shots to get there. Last time, with Nate not playing, Eric was a warm 10-for-21.

“He (Eric Demers) is tough to guard,” explained Nate. “He hit some shots down the end, but I held him to nine points in the first half.”

The Bison were much more patient against the Gordon zone than they were last time.  “We were sharing the ball offensively,” said Coach Faucher.  “We got a lot of in-rhythm shots which is what we wanted.”

Noah Szilagyi eyes the Nichols defense

Gordon coach Tod Murphy reflected on the loss: “It’s one loss.  Tonight was their night.  They deserved to win.  We beat them at their place so now we’re even.  We’ve proven that we can beat them on their court so if it comes down to that we’ll have another opportunity.”

Nichols shooting was certainly improved over last time, but their defense was also.  The Scots had fifteen turnovers, but the killer stat connected to the miscues was that the Bison turned those mistakes into 29 points.  Nichols had ten steals.

“If we take away our mental mistakes and turnovers, we would have been right with them,” added Coach Murphy.

Garrisson Duvivier and Jerome Cunningham

The Scots had very few open shots but that didn’t stop them from putting up points.  6-6 Garrisson Duvivier saw plenty of 6-8 Matt Morrow and 6-8 Jerome Cunningham but still managed 34 points and 15 rebounds.  Last time Garrisson was able to get the NC big men in foul trouble but not this time.

The stats declare that this was GD’s best game of the season.  He had only three turnovers and shot an impressive 15-for-24.

I thought that Garrisson might not have enough season left to catch Jim Petty (1902 points) as the all-time leading Gordon scorer.  Not so fast.  Garrisson, with tonight’s 34 points, is at 1843.  He’s 59 points away.  Endicott on Saturday and a run of tournament games might be enough.

Eric made another pass tonight with his thirty-two points.  He moved by Aaron Trigg (honored at Homecoming) into 5th place.

Marcos Echevarria (26 points) looks for a pass

Gordon takes on Endicott on Saturday to end the regular season.  The Gulls ran into the same Western New England team tonight (and lost badly) that defeated Gordon in January.

A win or a loss against Endicott will not change Gordon’s spot, as the #2 seed, in the CCC tournament.

Play the Endicott game a little differently as a result?  “Not a chance,” said Coach Murphy.  “It’s Endicott.  We’re going to be preparing for the tournament starting Saturday.”

Coach Faucher: “Our guys played with a lot of energy.  We defended.  They wanted this one.  Gordon is a good team.  They’re as tough as anyone.”

Nichols has been a very good team for a while.  This is their 6th straight season with at least twenty wins.  They have shared or won the CCC regular season title for the last six years.  Their record during the regular season over the past 5+ years?  94-11!

But one of those eleven losses was to Gordon at Nichols.  Will there be a rematch a week from Saturday? Stay tuned.

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David Massillon drives the lane

Eric Demers (32 points) gets an opening

Garrisson Duvivier tightly guarded by Josiah Kimball

Jake Haar chases a loose ball

Jerome Cunningham and Parker Omslaer

Josh Crutchfield and Marcos Echevarria

Marcos Echevarria (4) lifts a three in front of the Gordon crowd

Eric Demers and Nate Tenaglia

 

 

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Gordon (21-2) tops Salve Regina 100-86 on Senior Day

Noah Szilagyi (19 points) had fifteen in the first half

Eric Demers (25 points) changes direction

(Wenham MA) Gordon defeated Salve Regina, 100-86, on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center.

As a result, the Scots (21-2) will finish either first or second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Nichols, with the same record, will visit Gordon on Wednesday night.  The Scots end their regular season at Endicott on Saturday afternoon.

“We have our two toughest games of the season coming up,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “Our guys have faced every single challenge this year and only lost two.”

Senior Jake Haar puts up a three in front of a large Bennett Center crowd

The Scots had wins over both Nichols and Endicott the first time around.

Gordon highlighted their seven seniors before this afternoon’s game and five of them were in the starting lineup against the Seahawks.

“We had a lot of energy right away,” said senior Jake Haar.  “The seniors played well and got us a little bit of a lead.  It was a special day for the seven seniors.”

“Noah (Szilagyi) was hot early and knocked down jump shots from everywhere,” said Coach Murphy.  “I’m not sure he missed a shot.  Luke (Meyer) got us started early on, too.  Everyone contributed.”

Kevin Kelly and Garrisson Duvivier (21 points) in close

Noah finished with nineteen points but had fifteen of them in the first half as Gordon created a double-digit lead at the half (53-39) and never looked back.

Coach Murphy was able to follow the “Senior Day script” perfectly.  The seniors started, including several with limited minutes this season. They came back in the final five minutes, and then were replaced in the closing minutes.

“To be able to put them all back in the game and then be able to take them out and give them a curtain call was a great thing,” explained Coach Murphy.

Avelino Damoura leads a break

Senior Josh Ribeiro had ten points for Gordon

Salve Regina (8-16) fell into the double-digit deficit and on this afternoon didn’t have the defense to slow down the GC offense.  The Seahawks have now lost to Gordon ten straight times.

Salve is currently tied with UNE for the final playoff spot.  The Seahawks have winless Curry left while the Nor’easters finish with Wentworth.

“We moved the ball and when we do that, we’re tough to guard,” said Jake Haar.  “That was evident on the scoreboard.  We have been focusing in practice on moving the ball because we’ll have to against Nichols and Endicott.”

Eric Demers to the rim

Because of the senior celebration, junior Eric Demers didn’t get the minutes he usually gets but he still put up some strong numbers: twenty-five points, five assists, and three steals.

The twenty-five points runs his total to 1567 and gets him past Steve Heintz into sixth place on the all-time scoring list.

Senior Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-one points.  He now has 1809 points and trails Gordon’s all-time leading scorer (Jim Petty) by ninety-three points.  With two regular-season games left, possibly two or three in the CCC tournament, and maybe some in the NCAA tournament, there could be a change atop the GC leader board.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Freshman David Massillon drives

Best crowd of the season took this one in.  Where have some of them been all season?  The team is 11-0 at home.

Senior Josh Ribeiro had a season-high ten points versus SR.

Jake Haar on his Gordon experience: “It flew by super fast.  I’m very grateful for all four years.  I still remember my first shot as if it was yesterday.  My second shot hit the side of the backboard!”

Plans for next year? “I’m not entirely sure.  I’ll probably end up back in California.  Luke (Meyer) is going to UCI and that’s in my area so I’ll have a buddy out there.  I want to get into sales, either medical equipment or pharmaceutical.”

Formers Jaren Yang, Graham Tienhaara, Udoka Obiora, and Richie Armand were in the house.

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Brett Bowman

Cody Hunt drives

Eric Demers puts up a three

Eric Demers

Garrisson Duvivier to the basket

Noah Szilagyi goes baseline

Noah Szilagyi looks to pass

Luke Meyer to the hoop

Noah Szilagyi makes a save

 

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Eric Demers (31) and Garrisson Duvivier (24) lead Gordon to 20th win 88-75 over Curry

Garrisson Duvivier – tough inside

Eric Demers (31 points)

(Amesbury MA) Twenty wins.

Remarkable!

It was the Eric & Garrisson Show for the second straight game and that two-some led the Scots (20-2) past Curry, 88-75, on Tuesday night in Milton (MA).

Nichols kept pace with Gordon defeating Roger Williams.

The rematch with the Bison on the 13th at the Bennett Center is looking like the biggest regular season game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this season.

I know that there’s a game this Saturday (Salve Regina) but……..just sayin’.

Tonight Eric Demers had thirty-one points and Garrisson Duvivier added twenty-four.  Curry (1-21) didn’t match up with either of them.

The Colonels seemed better able to play against the Gordon zone than some other teams do. At times they were excellent at passing into open shots and taking the ball at the Gordon shot blockers.  But they missed too many shots.

Parker Omslaer at the foul line

The Scots gained separation in the first half as they ran eleven unanswered points and turned a six-point lead (33-27) into 44-27.  Garrisson, Eric, Parker Omslaer, and Noah Szilagyi contributed.

In the second half, Curry closed to 68-61 before Garrisson put three layups and three free throws together and GC gained final separation, 77-63, with six minutes left.

Parker took full advantage of Curry’s smaller interior defenders dropping seventeen points and taking in fourteen rebounds.  This was his 4th double/double of the season.

No sign of starter Jake Haar and reserve David Massillon.  Trust that they will return soon.

This was Eric’s third straight game with 30+ points.  His seven turnovers were a big surprise.

Parker had a double/double but he missed seven free throws.

Turnovers and missed free throws could be decisive in the likely-to-be close games ahead.

I admire the enthusiasm I saw online from the Curry bench.  It can’t be easy.  The Colonels are now 2-92 over the past 3+ seasons.  They have lost 67 straight CCC games.  Last win?  Salve Regina in February of 2015.  This season they beat Clark on December 29th.

Seven seniors to be honored on Saturday before the game with Salve Regina.  Time goes by fast!

Wondering how others explain how Gordon has put together a season that exceeded expectations??

Maybe someone who has already won two CCC titles will finally get recognized by the league.

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Gordon takes a close one from Wentworth 73-71

Eric Demers had 34 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and no turnovers to lead the Gordon attack

Happy ending for the Bennett Center crowd

(Wenham MA) Wentworth did everything but win the game.

The Leopards (6-14) recovered from a poor start, hung around, and had the last shot in a 2-point game.

But recovering, hanging around, and taking the last shot wasn’t enough and Gordon escaped with a 73-71 win on Wednesday night.

“Winning ugly is better than losing pretty,” said GC coach Tod Murphy afterwards.  “I still would have liked a little more breathing room at the end.”

Eric Demers (23 points in the first half) soars over Tyler Lennon

Eric Demers (34 points) responded from an 8-point game versus UNE to put his best offensive numbers of the season together.

Eric carried the Scots (18-2) in the first half with twenty-three points.  He ended up with three assists, three steals and zero turnovers for the night.

In the game between these two teams in November in Boston the Leopards struggled on offense losing, 66-47.  WIT didn’t have ANY player in double figures in that one.  But that was then!  This time Stephen Azums registered seventeen points and an amazing twenty-three rebounds.  Teammate Gavin Keough drilled seven 3’s including five in the second half and finished with twenty-one points.

“Our defense needed to be more intense,” explained Noah Szilagyi.  “At times we’re super active and super scrappy.  But #34 (Gavin Keough) was making shots and busting up our zone.  When you see the same guy making 3’s it’s not a good sign for your perimeter defense.”

“We’re going to have close games with good teams,” said Coach Murphy.  “This prepares us for those games.  We have to use this as a learning experience.”

Garrisson Duvivier was a bigger part of the the Gordon offense in the second half

In the early going Gordon could make shots from the perimeter.  It can be fool’s gold out there and a team can be drawn away from other options.

“We didn’t attack the basket in the first half,” said Coach Murphy.  “We had only two free throws.  We had a lot more in the second half.  Garrisson is arguably the best player in the conference and he had no points and three shots in the first half.  Garrisson still didn’t have an efficient game offensively but we did what we had to do to win.”

Garrisson collected his 16th double/double of the season – 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Leopards caught the Scots (56-56) with 9:02 left.  They still were even with Gordon (66-66) with 3:48 remaining.

But what separates a team with eighteen wins from one with six wins is what they do in the tight finishes.  The visitors, on this evening, had several unproductive possessions while Gordon’s Garrisson Duvivier made a jump shot and hit two free throws. David Massillon provided the final point with a free throw (73-71) with nineteen seconds left.

Freshman Noah Bice (20) about to take the last shot of the game

There was still time for WIT to tie/win the game but Noah Bice’s very good look (see the picture) missed at the buzzer to seal it for Gordon.

Noah Szilagyi (16 points) in the lane

“We fell into a lull after the hot start and never seemed to wake up out of it,” said Noah.  “At times we rushed shots and weren’t working as a team on offense.”

“It didn’t look like we had fresh legs despite being off for eight days,” said Coach Murphy, “but we did win a tough game.”

The Scots are 10-0 at home this season.

Noah was 7-for-10 tonight.  He entered the game in 5th place in the conference in field-goal percentage (55.9%).

Avelino Damoura (5) and Noah Bice (20)

I thought that Nichols might have trouble tonight with Western New England, as Gordon did, but it didn’t happen.  The Bison and the Scots each have one loss in the conference.

Gordon will be in Bristol (RI) on Saturday to face Roger Williams.  The Scots literally stole a win from RW when they visited the Bennett Center.

Noah on life after Gordon: “I’m filling out a lot of job applications.  I’m trying to land a job with the Patriots with Richie Armand.  I’ve been talking with them.  I’m trying to stay in basketball and may go back to Denver to coach with some of the people I know there.”

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Garrisson calls for time

Garrisson Duvivier at the line late in the game

Eric Demers drives past Kyle Henseler

David Massillon at the line in the last minute

David Massillon (15) in the open floor

Kyle Henseler

Joseph Hecker encounters Garrisson Duvivier in the lane

Garrisson Duvivier unleashes a no-look pass

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Gordon (17-2) routs UNE 100-71

Eric Demers chased by Avery DeBrito (1) and Ryan Beatty (25)

David Massillon jam

(Wenham MA) You start off missing two shots and having three turnovers.

The opponent steals the ball nineteen times in the game.

You miss sixteen free throws.

Okay, now we’ve got the bad news out of the way!

Gordon recovered from the loss to Western New England on Saturday by defeating the University of New England, 100-71, on Tuesday night at the Bennett Center.

Gordon coach Tod Murphy liked his team’s defense: “We won this game on defense.  They had only fifty-one points with five minutes left.  They’re a team averaging over ninety points a game.  We contested everything.”

Junior Eric Demers liked the Scots’ offense: “We needed a good offensive game like this.  UNE is a great team to bounce back against.  Everyone gets involved.  Everyone gets shots.”

Garrisson Duvivier readies a no-look pass

The Scots (17-2) fell to Western New England on Saturday because they started slowly.  Tonight’s start looked like more of the same.

“Those first two minutes were a nightmare,” recalled Coach Murphy.  “We played terribly.”

UNE jumped into an 8-0 lead but it disappeared in a hurry.  The Scots began to make shots and their defense tightened up.

Gordon moved in front 16-13 and then put effective offense/defense together for the next five minutes.  While the Nor’easters missed seven shots and had three turnovers, Gordon rolled off fourteen unanswered points.  Eric Demers had a layup, a three, and two free throws in this good segment.  Noah Szilagyi added a layup (after a steal) and a three.  Josh Ribeiro contributed a layup.

Noah Szilagyi (14 points) heads for two

That burst put GC in front 30-13.  Halftime was 55-28.

Earlier in the season there was a big lead against Curry that melted in the second half.  Not tonight.  The good Gordon defense stayed in place when the reserves had their turns on the court.

The visitors from Biddeford (Maine) substituted in quantity, pressed full-court, and fired three’s.  The firing three’s part was disrupted by the solid GC perimeter defense.

Unusual scoring numbers tonight.  We usually find either Eric Demers and/or Garrisson Duvivier leading the scoring.  Versus UNE (5-14) it was Parker Omslaer (16), Noah Szilagyi (14) and Avelino Damoura (13).

Avelino Damoura (13 points) had a career game

It was a career scoring night for Avelino.  The sophomore got to the basket and made several three’s.  The less said about his foul shooting, or the team’s foul shooting, for that matter, the better.

When Eastern Nazarene dropped out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference the team total changed to nine.  No longer is every team playing on the days of CCC inter-league play. Point?  Gordon has no game this coming Saturday and won’t play again (Wentworth) until January 29th.

“It’s a long stretch,” said Coach Murphy.  “We’ll probably take a few days off and go out and do some recruiting.  We’re losing seven players and need to track down some players for next year.”

On finding a replacement for Garrisson Duvivier: “Garrisson is one-of-a-kind.  I don’t think we’ll ever be able to replace him.  I think that David Massillon will be a terrific player in time.”

Garrisson had his 15th double/double of the season.  GD, in case you’ve forgotten, is Gordon’s 2nd all-time leading scorer.

Josh Crutchfield in transition

Eric Demers got into foul trouble and saw short minutes as a result.  He had only eight points but his teammate (Josh Ribeiro) assured me that there was no cause for concern: “Eric had a slow night but that’s just one night.  He’s going to come out and score thirty next game.”  Consider yourself warned, Wentworth!

Discussing the Western New England loss that ended a fifteen-game winning streak:

“We had gotten very comfortable as a team,” said Eric.  “It was bound to happen.  It humbled us a little bit.  Western New England put together a great forty minutes and we only put together twenty minutes.”

Scramble for possession

“We didn’t do much regarding the loss to Western New England,” said Coach Murphy.  “Our goal is to get better every day.  Our defensive intensity versus Western New England was nothing like it was tonight.”

Our neighbors in Beverly took another loss to Nichols tonight.  GC and Nichols have only one conference loss each.  The rematch in February (at the Bennett Center) is starting to shape up as a very special game.

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Brett Bowman

Instructions

Josh Crutchfield looks to pass

Luke Meyer

Adam Konicki (7 points) floats in

Cody Hunt and Pablo De La Guardia Criado

Jake Haar about to launch a three

John Saxe guarded by Kyle Frank

 

 

 

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Winning streak ends as Gordon falls to Western New England

Mikey Pettway – led Western New England with 24 points including 14 in the second half.

(Amesbury MA) Wake up, call!

Silky Sullivan was a famous race horse.  His specialty?  Starting slowly and then coming on fast to win at the end.  A special camera was often used to show how far back the horse was….before he would rush up late to win.

The Gordon College Fighting Scots were no “Silky Sullivan” this afternoon in Springfield against Western New England.  They did get the bad start part right but not the rest of it.

The result was a 94-88 frustration against the Bears.

The Scots (16-2) started badly on both ends of the court (trailed 50-33 at the half), but we had seen this before.

In the second half, Gordon shifted into comeback mode and turned a 57-36 deficit into a very tight, 66-63, close one in 8 ½ minutes.  Shots started falling on one end and not-so-much down the other end.

With 10 ½ minutes to go, you “knew” where this was going…….or so you thought.  WN came in 5-12.  WN had collapsed in the second half at the Bennett Center in December and lost 99-70.

Credit the Bears, they “forgot” what was supposed to happen and in the next two minutes had a triple (Tim Reilly), another triple (Mike McGuire), and a jump shot (Mikey Pettway).  The Scots went scoreless.  The lead expanded back to eleven (74-63) and the Scots lost playing catchup the rest of the way.

Garrisson Duvivier had a 26-point second half with seven rebounds and two steals.

Wasted in the second half was a performance by Garrisson Duvivier that may have been the best half anyone in a Gordon jersey every played.  Check these 2nd half numbers: 26 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals!

As great as GD’s performance was, it wasn’t enough.

Why?  Blame WN senior Mikey Pettway.  The Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Star has a 20-point average.  First time against the Scots MP had a surprising six points on 3-for-10 shooting.  He’s a lot better than that and this afternoon he was, especially in the second half.  Mikey ended with twenty-four points, getting fourteen of them in the second half (along with four assists).  Mikey’s play was crucial because the Scots had awakened to the possibility of a game being lost and were playing with urgency.

The Bears (6-12) shot 50% and were adept at making the mid-range jumpers that the Gordon zone seems vulnerable to.  They dared to go to the basket against the GC shot blockers and often got away with it.

Gordon struggled mightily from long range connecting a season-low five times on twenty-four attempts.  The team averages eight made three’s a game.  Get the average and today’s result was a W.

After sixty-four days the Scots (16-2) have their second loss.

Not a good start to the second time through the other eight teams in the CCC.  Other coaches in the games ahead will be studying the video of today’s game for ways to defeat GC when it is their team’s turn versus the Scots.

Good luck to them on that one.  The Bears played better against Gordon than anyone else has to date.  The efficiency number (subtract bad stats from good stats) confirmed the excellence of Western New England this afternoon.  Good shooting (50%), rebounding (42), assists (18), and low turnovers (10) show what it takes.  And don’t forget Mikey Pettway getting twenty-four points.  Teams will have to play well to defeat Gordon.

UNE will be at the Bennett Center on Tuesday night and their style (press, shoot 3’s, and wholesale changes) is entertaining to watch.  Maybe not so much for Kendall at the scorer’s table trying to keep track of stats!

Parker Omslaer contributed sixteen points and eleven rebounds versus Western New England

Parker Omslaer had one of his best games for Gordon.  The 6-11 sophomore registered his third double/double (16 points/11 rebounds) and had a career-high six blocks.

The returned students should be in the house on Tuesday night.  The Scots could use the energy boost that a good partisan crowd can bring.  The team is well worth the look.

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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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