(Amesbury MA) Wentworth has been a pain in the neck for Gordon over the past three years.
That pain, however, eased a bit tonight as the Scots played some fun-to-watch basketball earning a 77-66 win over the Leopards in Boston.
Wentworth had won seven of the previous eight meetings and had twice dropped GC out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament in the last three years.
The Scots (7-5) played like the more experienced team on this night making terrific passes and taking good care of the ball. I am not sure which pleased me more; the twenty-five assists or the nine turnovers. Put numbers like that together in a game and a good end-result is likely.
The Leopards (8-4) just weren’t themselves. Their defense is usually tight but Gordon, on this evening, found openings close to the basket regularly.
If you are looking for time segments where Gordon won this game your best bet would be the last five minutes of each half.
In the first half the Scots led, 31-27, with five minutes left. WIT didn’t score again missing all six shot attempts. GC had a 41-27 halftime lead.
In the second half the Leopards had taken a 56-31 deficit with fifteen minutes remaining and cut it to to 64-59 with five minutes left. The final five minutes? Wentworth was one-for-seven shooting three’s and GC escaped with a 77-66 win.
Coach Tod Murphy described the win over ENC on Saturday as a “team win.” I don’t doubt that he’d describe this one as more of the same.
The Scots have now won three straight.
Noah Szilagyi came off the Gordon bench and put up thirteen points in the first half.
Jake Hart, also off the bench, never missed a shot and ended up with twelve points.
Eric Demers had trouble from long range, so he turned into a passer and a driver. Result? Eight assists. When Wentworth had cut the lead to five in the second half, Eric drove for layups on the next two GC possessions to turn the momentum back to the team from Wenham.
Garrisson Duvivier had his seventh double/double of the season. The GC junior also had five assists.
Garrisson Duvivier 25
Jason Ganley 23 (25 points)
Stephen Azums 20 (16 pts, 8 rebs)
Noah Szilagyi 16 (13 points)
Jake Hart 14 (12 points)
Next up is Endicott on Thursday night (7:30PM) at the Bennett Center. The Gulls have beaten Gordon six straight times. One of those wins knocked the Scots out of the CCC tournament in 2016. Endicott graduated all five starters but have quickly reloaded.