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Roger Williams ends 8-game slide defeating Gordon 57-52

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Ryan Palumbo (16 points) defended by Jake Hart

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

Trevor Fahmy (shooting) gave Roger Williams the lead for good

(Wenham MA) Those looking for a happy home ending to Gordon’s regular season left the Bennett Center disappointed as the Scots fell to revved up Roger Williams, 57-52, on Tuesday night.

The Hawks (8-16) hadn’t won in a month and had given up at least thirty points in the paint in each of their last two games.

I suspected that Gordon’s inside game might light up RW but on this evening the Scots had only eighteen points in the paint.

The biggest cause for the Gordon loss was poor shooting.  In the second half alone the Scots missed ten more shots than the Hawks did.

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

Jaren Yang dials long-distance late in the game

The score was tied, 45-45, with 5:19 remaining.  RW had played better but Gordon was still in a position to win their fourth straight.  But the rest of the way the Scots were 1-for-8 and the visitors escaped with a win.

I started to think that it might be Roger Williams’ night when the 45-45 tie was broken on a three by 6-8 Trevor Fahmy.  It was one of those clock-is-running-out attempts by someone who had shot only one other three all season.  Let’s just say that Trevor probably wasn’t one of the likely 3-point shooters on the floor.  But the shot went in and the RW bench reacted as if it was the game winner.  As it turned out, Trevor’s shot gave the Hawks the lead for good.

Trevor was also part of an RW interior defense that turned Hans Miersma (5 points) into a non-factor.  When Hans did get the ball there was no room for him to turn.  He did get to the basket one time with a head of steam but ran over Josh Syska in the process.

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Hans Miersma called for a charge

Shutting down’s Gordon’s interior opened up shots on the perimeter for the Scots.  Jake Hart had sixteen points in Gordon’s win over Roger Williams at Bristol (RI) but no one stepped up in a similar fashion this time around.

Gordon (11-13) was not impacted in the Commonwealth Coast Conference standings with the loss.  They stayed in 5th place and still will end up there after Saturday afternoon’s game at Eastern Nazarene no matter what happens.

With the win, the Hawks move into a tie with Western New England for 6th place.  Eight of the ten CCC teams make the post-season and Curry and Salve Regina have now been eliminated.

Richie Armand helped off the court

Richie Armand helped off the court

The saddest part of this game was seeing Richie Armand go down in pain with a knee injury in the first half.  Richie worked very hard rehabbing that knee in order to join the team in January.  The 5-10 junior had worked his way into the starting lineup with his terrific defense and decision making.

The best player on the court was Ryan Palumbo.  The 5-10 senior was the top scorer with sixteen points and, as usual, played with the energy you wish every player could have.

Efficiency
Ryan Palumbo 13
Josh McCourt 13 (11 points/5 rebounds)
Jason Dempsey 12 (11 points/7 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 11 (9 rebounds)
Sam Johnson 10 (7 points/4 rebounds)

Roger Williams 66
Gordon 49

Boxscore

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Alex Puzone sees an opening

Alex Puzone sees an opening

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Josh McCourt (10 points) drives

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Hans Miersma tries for a block

Ball heading in my direction

Ball heading in my direction

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Alex Puzone (#34) puts up a shot

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Jaren Yang defended by Ryan Palumbo

Steve Vampatella warms up

Steve Vampatella warms up

Dominic Paradis

Dominic Paradis

 

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Hans Miersma gets to 1000 and Jake Hart gets hot (16 points) in 66-61 win over Roger Williams

Hans Miersma now has scored 1000 points

Hans Miersma now has scored 1000 points

Freshman Jake Hart had a breakout sixteen points against Roger Williams

Freshman Jake Hart had a breakout sixteen points against Roger Williams

(Newtown CT) Hans Miersma’s eighth double/double of the season combined with a stunning sixteen-point contribution by newcomer Jake Hart guided Gordon to a 66-61 Commonwealth Coast Conference win over Roger Williams on Tuesday night.

Hans’ nineteen points elevated the 6-9 senior into Gordon’s 1000-point club.  Hans is the best scoring/rebounding big man Gordon has ever had.  Good luck to Coach Tod Murphy trying to carry on after the GC graduation in May!

The Scots started slowly against the Hawks trailing by nine (17-8) and at halftime (37-29).

Gordon (7-9) did rally back from the 17-8 deficit to tie the score at 19-19 on Jake Hart’s first 3-pointer.  The Scots also recovered from their halftime deficit with Jake Hart’s long ball knotting the game at 48-48 with eleven minutes left.

After that the game turned “entertaining.”  Both teams offered glimpses that they could be ahead at the end.  With GC on a 3-game losing streak and the home team on a 3-game winning streak you had to give the nod to RW (7-9).

But on this evening, Gordon took the lead (58-57) on a Jason Dempsey layup with 3:37 left and never gave it back.  Another basket by Jason and a layup by Hans padded the spread to five with 1:26 remaining.  A late three by Conor O’Brien (20 points) cut the margin to two (63-61) but free throws by Richie Armand and Jason closed out the Hawks.

I only was able to see the second half on the excellent Roger Williams’ video.  The stats would suggest that the first half would have been painful viewing.  GC had a total of fifteen turnovers in that half done by NINE different players.  That’s ugly!

Ryan Palumbo is now in the RW record book with nine steals against Gordon

Ryan Palumbo is now in the RW record book with nine steals against Gordon

Ryan Palumbo is now in the Roger Williams’ record book for his individual stat of nine steals in this game including seven in the first half.

The Scots “survived” the miscue-laced first half by shooting 52%.

In the second half GC lowered the TO’s to seven and Jake Hart surprised with eleven points.  Jake led the Scots with 18 minutes of playing time in the second half.

Ahead for Gordon is a trip to Dudley on Saturday to face undefeated (in the CCC) Nichols.  Last time GC was there was for their stunner over the Bison in the 2014 championship game.

Nichols held off ENC by a point last night on the road.  The win-or-lose moment in that game was a last-second, three-point shot by ENC’s Justin Wagner.  Against GC Justin makes the shot and ENC wins by three.  Against Nichols he misses.

In the Gordon/Roger Williams game both teams hurt themselves in the second half: Gordon was 13-for-22 from the foul line while Roger Williams’ field goal percentage was 25% (7-for-28).

Conor O’Brien led RW with twenty points including 5-for-6 on 3-pointers.

Senior Ryan Palumbo scored eighteen points to go along with nine steals.

Efficiency
Hans Miersma 28
Ryan Palumbo 23
Conor O’Brien 19
Jake Hart 15
Jason Dempsey 10

Gordon 72
Roger Williams 60

Boxscore from the game

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Gordon ousts Roger Williams 78-59 to reach CCC semi-finals

Hans Miersma moves in for second-half dunk vs Roger Williams

Hans Miersma moves in for second-half dunk vs Roger Williams

Jason Dempsey gets one of his career-high twelve rebounds

Jason Dempsey gets one of his career-high twelve rebounds

(Wenham MA) For the second Tuesday in a row, Gordon used a strong second half to dispatch Roger Williams.

The stakes were much higher this time around as Gordon’s, 78-59, win over RWU gets the Scots to the Commonwealth Coast Conference tourney semi-finals on Thursday night (7PM) back at the Bennett Center.

The surprise opponent on Thursday night will be #7 seed Wentworth.  The 12-14 Leopards had lost three straight, been beaten twice by Eastern Nazarene, but still found a way to hush the Lions, 81-78, tonight.

The #3 seeded Scots (15-10) would have been playing ENC in Quincy if the Leopards had lost but now Gordon gets a second home game in the CCC tournament.

Freshman Josh Syska

Freshman Josh Syska

The undersized Hawks (10-16) lived from long range in the first half in this CCC quarterfinals matchup.  Freshman Zac Campbell (he had 22 in RW’s win over GC on January 22nd) and Josh Syska were a nifty 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half.  The visitors only trailed, 36-32, at halftime.

In the second half, however, the Hawks struggled mightily to get points.  Meanwhile, Gordon found high percentage offense from many sources.  The Scots shot a sizzling 65% in the second half.

Gordon’s four-point halftime lead (36-32) had expanded to eleven (47-36) six-plus minutes into the second half.

The game-deciding segment followed.  The Scots ran nine straight to get up by twenty (56-36) with 11:57 left.  The keys to this crucial run were a layup by Sam Johnson, jump shots by Alex Carnes and Sam, plus a Shaun Roach triple.

The best RWU could do the rest of the way was to get within twelve (70-58) with four minutes left.  But the Gordon trio of high percentage shots, defense, and rebounding kept the Hawks from making a serious run at the lead.

Shaun Roach fires a three and Roy Ray on the bench signals it

Shaun Roach fires a three and Roy Ray on the bench signals it

The most notable final stat was Gordon’s 41-19 rebounding edge.  That “19” was a season-low for an opponent.  Jason Dempsey led the rebounding Scots with a career-high twelve rebounds.

Again no Chris Bardwell for Roger Williams.  The talented freshman has a concussion.  He was in uniform but not allowed to participate.

Hans Miersma had six points and two quick fouls in the first half and played only five minutes.  In the second half, the first-team CCC selection stayed out of foul trouble and added ten points and two blocks.  Hans was once again named the CCC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Park Thomas (11 points) had his best game stat-wise in the last three weeks.  The key to his improved play, in my head, is the assists-to-turnovers number.  Over the last five games the CCC’s third teamer has 37 assists and only 13 turnovers.

Park Thomas and Ryan Palumbo

Park Thomas and Ryan Palumbo

Taylor Bajema (10 points) did a nice job defending Hawks point guard Ryan Palumbo.  The Scots were taller at every position and had shot-blocking Hans Miersma lurking in the lane.  The Hawks were forced to score from long range and that only worked for them for one half.

Efficiency stats
Hans Miersma 18
Ryan Palumbo 17 (13 points/6 assists)
Josh Syska 16 (16 points/7 rebounds)
Park Thomas 16
Zac Campbell 12 (13 points/3 assists)

Gordon 111
Roger Williams 38

Josh Syska (formerly of St. John’s Prep in Danvers) was able to draw another offensive foul on Jason Dempsey.  It looks as if some pretty serious embellishment was on display to me.

Sophomore Richie Armand gave GC coach Tod Murphy five assists with no turnovers.  He also made his second three of the season.

I got home in time to watch the end of the Endicott/Salve Regina game.  With the score tied very late in the game, a Salve turnover is followed by a wide open three from the corner by Lachlan Magee with four seconds left.  The Gulls’ shot misses and they are very slow to get back on defense.  Salve breaks away 3-on-1 and gets a foul call at the buzzer.  Scott St. Lawrence makes the second of two free throws to win the game.  That free throw ends my hoped for scenario of Gordon/Endicott in the finals at the Bennett Center on Saturday.  I am now willing to settle for Salve being with us at the Bennett Center on Saturday afternoon.  We’ll see how things work out.

Alex Carnes made second team in the CCC.  Ryan Palumbo was on the second team as well.

Box from the game

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Joseph Henry and Luke Hamilton look for the handle

Joseph Henry and Luke Hamilton look for the handle

Ryan Palumbo looks to pass

Ryan Palumbo looks to pass

Andrew Wasik and Richie Armand

Andrew Wasik and Richie Armand

eyeing a rebound

eyeing a rebound

Dominic Paradis heads for the hoop

Dominic Paradis heads for the hoop

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Gordon defeats Roger Williams 70-59 setting up big rematch with ENC

Hans Miersma gets 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks against Roger Williams

Hans Miersma gets 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks against Roger Williams

(Amesbury)  This game was about who was there and who wasn’t there.

Gordon, with all hands on deck, defeated Roger Williams (without Chris Bardwell), 70-59, on a snowy Tuesday night in Bristol (RI).

The Gordon win, combined with Eastern Nazarene’s loss to Nichols, sets up the biggest non-tournament game at the Bennett Center ever (?).

ENC and Gordon are tied (12-5) for second place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference so Saturday’s regular-season finale matchup will decide who gets that important second spot.

Why so important?  Second place guarantees two home games (if you win the first game) and a chance to avoid first-place Nichols for two rounds.

Like almost all of the Gordon faithful, I watched the Roger Williams game via the RWU website.  Now having a Christmas IPad, I was able to watch the video on my old computer and follow the live stats on the IPad.  It works for me.

Alex Carnes gave Gordon 20 points and 8 rebounds

Alex Carnes gave Gordon 20 points and 8 rebounds

Gordon defeated the Hawks by dominating the second half.  Alex Carnes and Hans Miersma combined for twenty-five points in that half as the Scots were able to erase an eleven-point (26-15) first-half deficit.

Gordon (14-9) had the ball in the paint frequently throughout the game.  The Scots collected thirty-eight points from in close during the game getting twenty-four of them in the decisive second half.

Roger Williams (9-15) had a convincing 68-52 win over Gordon at the Bennett Center on January 22nd.  When the Hawks shot well in the first half in this one, and built up the eleven point advantage, I wondered if another loss was on its way.

But in the second half the Hawks missed twenty-four shots while the Scots misfired only ten times.  Shooting was the game-decider.

This brings me to the missing player for Roger Williams…..Chris Bardwell.  Chris did not play in either game against Gordon.  Top scorer (13.8 PPG) on the team and in the top ten in the CCC in scoring.  Certainly on a night where shooting was lacking (in the second half) by RW, Chris could have helped.  I saw the Hawks’ freshman guard play last year for North Andover (MA).

While Chris Bardwell was missing, Hans, Jason, and Taylor were back for Gordon.  And that definitely made a difference for the Scots.

Gordon was able to catch RW, 35-35 (15:34), on a Jason Dempsey layup.  Three Hans Miersma layups later, the GC lead was eight (45-38) and they never trailed thereafter although RW got within one (53-52) with six minutes left.

Efficiency stats
Alex Carnes 20 (20 points/8 rebounds)
Hans Miersma 18 (16 points/10 rebounds/2 blocks)
Jason Dempsey 17 (10 points/7 rebounds)
Ryan Palumbo 16 (14 points/3 assists/2 blocks/5 steals)
Trevor Fahmy 13 (6 points/6 rebounds)

Gordon 91
Roger Williams 49

Zac Campbell had 22 points in the first meeting with Gordon

Zac Campbell had 22 points in the first meeting with Gordon

In the RW win at Gordon, freshman Zac Campbell had a career game for the Hawks with 22 points while Alex Carnes was held to two points.  This time around Zac was held to four points while Alex collected twenty points.

I’m excited about the matchup on Saturday with ENC.  I’m just wondering if there will be any ENC support in the stands.  I heard from someone who attended the January 18th GC win (67-60) at Quincy that the ENC fans, on that day, were all over the Scots’ players.

ENC has won eight of their last nine games.  Within those games was a win over Nichols, and an 88-84, loss to Nichols last night.

Gordon has won six of seven, weathering two games playing shorthanded.

Saturday’s ENC game will also be Senior Recognition time.  Roy Ray, Shaun Roach, Alex Carnes, Park Thomas, and Luke Hamilton will be honored.

Box from the game.

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Zac Campbell (22 points) leads Roger Williams in upset over Gordon 68-52

Freshman Zac Campbell shoots a three (he made four) over Luke Hamilton

Freshman Zac Campbell shoots a three (he made four) over Luke Hamilton

Ryan Palumbo was 10-for-10 from the foul line for the Hawks

Ryan Palumbo was 10-for-10 from the foul line for the Hawks

(Wenham MA) This one certainly wasn’t eye candy to any of the Gordon faithful at the Bennett Center Wednesday night.

Roger Williams stunned the Scots, 68-52, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game that was rescheduled after Tuesday’s snowstorm.

The Hawks (5-11 overall/4-5 in CCC) were undersized, winless on the road, relying heavily on underclassmen, and had to travel 2+ hours to Gordon.  But the visitors from Bristol (RI) still won convincingly.

The Scots (8-7 overall/6-3 in CCC) had won five straight and had defeated Roger Williams three straight times.  You kept waiting for Gordon to clump points together and separate from the Hawks but on this evening it just didn’t happen.

Freshman Zac Campbell had a career game for RW putting together a stat line that included twenty-two points, four steals, and four 3’s.  Zac’s previous high in points had been sixteen.  He was averaging six points per game before his eruption at Gordon.

Jason Dempsey finger roll

Jason Dempsey finger roll

Gordon tied the score in the second half at 37-37 (15:55) and later only trailed by a point, 42-41, with 12:45 left.  The RW lead grew to nine (50-41) before the Scots tightened things (55-48) with 4+ minutes left.  After that, RW finished on a 13-4 run to thwart any late-game heroics by Gordon.

The biggest struggle for Gordon was their shooting, especially around the basket.  Hans Miersma & Jason Dempsey combined to miss thirteen shots in high percentage areas.

That duo had trouble at the foul line as well combining to go one-for-eight.  They did, however, combine for six blocked shots.

The Gordon foul shooting (8-for-17) might not have been as noticeable if the Hawks hadn’t been an amazing 19-for-21.  Ryan Palumbo was a flawless 10-for-10.

RW were content to use the clock and try to pass their way into open looks.  That meant plenty of three’s (32).  The strategy worked as the Hawks connected nine times from downtown.

Hans Miersma (#35) gets one of his ten rebounds

Hans Miersma (#35) gets one of his ten rebounds

The Scots, meanwhile, added to their misfortune on the inside by making only 2-of-12 three-pointers.

If you haven’t sensed it yet, this was a very frustrating game to watch!  But I give credit to Roger Williams.  They knew their limitations and were able to successfully compensate.  Gordon just didn’t capitalize on their advantages.

Efficiency stats
Zac Campbell 24
Ryan Palumbo 13
Hans Miersma 12
Park Thomas 12
Joseph Henry 12

Roger Williams 78
Gordon 60

Josh Syska draws a charge

Josh Syska draws a charge

The Hawks were also missing freshman Chris Bardwell (from North Andover) who averages 13.6 points per game.

The Hawks have now won three straight and will face their biggest rival (Salve Regina) on Saturday afternoon (3PM).

The Scots run into the CCC’s top team (Nichols) at home on the same day and time.  The Bison won the first meeting in Dudley.

Hans Miersma (12 points/10 rebounds) had his eighth double/double of the season.

Alex Carnes had a quiet two points for Gordon.  A year ago he assaulted the Hawks for thirty-nine points in a game at Bristol.

Freshman Derek Collins (from North Andover) has been out all season with back issues.  He is expected to rejoin the Hawks this weekend.

Ryan Palumbo (12 points) and Joseph Henry (10 points) joined Zac Campbell in collecting double figures.

Ryan Palumbo and Park Thomas

Ryan Palumbo and Park Thomas

Park Thomas added thirteen for Gordon as he made all six free throws.  Park is second in the CCC in free throw percentage (84.3%).

I did a quick check on Zac Campbell via Google.  Last January 16th he led Amity (CT) past Sheehan as he put this stat line together: 17 points/14 rebounds/10 assists/3 blocks.

Last time Gordon faced Roger Williams was in the first round of the CCC tournament last year.  The Scots shot 52% for the game and made nine three’s and came away with a convincing, 81-59, win.

Gordon will face RW again on February 18th in Rhode Island.

Good to see big-time GC men’s basketball fan Jim Graham back in the house.

Boxscore

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Sam Johnson puts up two

Sam Johnson puts up two

Will Gerencer drives the lane

Will Gerencer drives the lane

Zac Campbell breaks in after one of his four steals

Zac Campbell breaks in after one of his four steals

Josh McCourt gets up in traffic

Josh McCourt gets up in traffic

tie up

tie up

Shaun Roach gets two

Shaun Roach gets two

Hans Miersma finds an open Jason Dempsey

Hans Miersma finds an open Jason Dempsey

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Hot shooting Gordon wins 20th (81-59) over Roger Williams in CCC tourney opening round

Bennett Center crowd celebrates Gordon win over Roger Williams

Bennett Center crowd celebrates Gordon win over Roger Williams

(Wenham) Roger Williams did a pretty good job of taking away Gordon’s inside game – Hans Miersma six points, Jason Dempsey two points.

Luke Hamilton (16 points) is 18-for-23 from long range over the last five games

Luke Hamilton (16 points) is 18-for-23 from long range over the last five games

But that good interior defense left openings elsewhere and the Scots “elsewhere” players were on from beginning to end and the home team never trailed.

All that great offense enabled Gordon (20-6) to defeat Roger Williams, 81-59, before a big crowd on Tuesday night to advance to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semi-finals against Wentworth on Thursday at the Bennett Center.

The Scots have now won eight straight and thirteen of their last fourteen.  To say that this team is rolling, may be an understatement!

Six players reached double figures for the Scots against Roger Williams led by David Dempsey (20 points).  David was named to the CCC first team today.

Gordon had nine three’s in the game.  Luke Hamilton (16 points) had three of them in the first 5 ½ minutes as the Scots bolted to a quick, 17-4, start.

Ryan Palumbo (20 points) on breakaway after a steal

Ryan Palumbo (20 points) on breakaway after a steal

The Hawks (10-16) cut the lead to four in the first half (19-15) and in the second half (41-37) led by Ryan Palumbo (20 points), Adam Cook (15 points), and Mike Engelmann (12 points).

But the Gordon offense was never shut down for very long.  The #2 seed shot over 50% for the game and was a very warm 9-for-17 from long range.  The Scots were 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the second half.

After the Hawks closed to 41-37, Gordon put a 10-2 segment together over the next 3 ½ minutes and stretched their advantage to twelve (51-39) with 13:09 to go.  The visitors from Bristol (RI) were never able to get inside double-figures the rest of the way.

That decisive 10-2 run featured three’s by Park Thomas (16 points) and Taylor Bajema (10 points) plus a layup and jump shot from David Dempsey.

Taylor Bajema (ten points and five rebounds in the second half)

Taylor Bajema (ten points and five rebounds in the second half)

Park and Taylor were huge in the second half.  Park had all of his points (16) in the second half as well as five assists.  Taylor scored all of his points (10) after the break and added five rebounds.

Park had a season-high nine assists.

Luke Hamilton’s sixteen points are a season high for him.  His long-range shooting (18-for-23) has been unbelievable over the last five games.

The best matchup to watch was at the point guard position where sophomore Ryan Palumbo and Park Thomas operate.  Both players earned honorable mention when the CCC All-League teams were announced today.

Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
David Dempsey +24
Ryan Palumbo +21
Luke Hamilton +19
Park Thomas +18
Alex Carnes +16
Adam Cook +16

Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Gordon +115
Roger Williams +51

Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers) from the good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals).

Hans Miersma was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the CCC and landed on the All-League second team.  Hans had plenty of blocks during the season. His 6-9 presence in the lane has turned more than a few drivers into passers or outside shooters.

David Dempsey (20 points and eight rebounds)

David Dempsey (20 points and eight rebounds)

The advance to the semi-finals is an improvement from the last two seasons when the Scots bowed out in the first round.  Thursday night’s opponent, Wentworth, did it to Gordon last year.

Curry and Eastern Nazarene get together in the other semi-final matchup.  Is it too much to hope for a Gordon/Eastern Nazarene battle for the CCC title on Saturday afternoon at the Bennett Center?  Thought so, let’s just concentrate on Wentworth on Thursday night.

boxscore

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Hans Miersma (CCC Defensive Player of the Year) blocks the shot of Mike Engemann

Hans Miersma (CCC Defensive Player of the Year) blocks the shot of Mike Engemann

Ryan Palumbo (20 points) and Park Thomas (16 points and 9 assists)

Ryan Palumbo (20 points) and Park Thomas (16 points and 9 assists)

looking for a rebound

looking for a rebound

Alex Carnes (11 points) trapped by two RW defenders

Alex Carnes (11 points) trapped by two RW defenders

David Dempsey in for two

David Dempsey in for two

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Alex Carnes gets 39 points in Gordon’s 93-80 win over Roger Williams

Alex Carnes (shown here against Wheelock) went off for thirty-nine points in a near-perfect performance.

Alex Carnes (shown here against Wheelock) went off for thirty-nine points in a near-perfect performance.

(Newburyport)  This will be an individual performance that anyone connected to the 2012-13 Gordon College Fighting Scots will be talking about for a long time.

Alex Carnes scored thirty-nine points in a near-perfect outing against Roger Williams as the Scots (13-6 overall/8-4 in the CCC) defeated the Hawks, 93-80, at Bristol (RI) on Tuesday night.

Alex Carnes (shown against ENC) had an exceptional stat game

Alex Carnes (shown against ENC) had an exceptional stat game

On a career-high-in-everything kind of night, Alex made 14-of-15 field goals, 5-for-5 three’s, 6-for-7 free throws, had 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Not on my watch (eleven years) has anyone scored that many points.  Brady Bajema (Taylor‘s brother) tallied thirty-seven at Nichols in 2009.  The school record in points was set by Steve Heinz (54 points) in the 1980’s.

This was a game in which the points were flowing freely for Gordon.  They reached a season-high in points (93) and shooting percentage (62.7%).

They also set a season mark in assists (24) and tied a season high in 3-pointers made (10) that they set against Roger Williams in the game at Gordon.

There were a lot of points and the Scots shot very well but this was not an easy win.  The Hawks gave up the lead in the first half but were able to stay close in the late stages of this game.

RWU was within four (74-70) with 5:17 left and later (80-76) with 3:22 to go.  This is where you knew I’d say that the 2012-13 Scot find ways to win……..and once again they did.

Despite a slim four-point lead and playing in front of a hostile crowd, Gordon didn’t blink.  They closed out the game with a 13-4 segment.

Luke Hamilton kept their first possession alive in the end game with an offensive rebound and that led to Alex Carnes getting/making two free throws.  On the next RWU possession Hans Miersma blocked a shot and that led to him getting/making two free throws.

This good work put the Scots ahead by eight and they went on to make nine-of-ten free throws the rest of the way to built their lead to thirteen at the end.

It was definitely not a thirteen point game but the Scots will take it gladly.

The win enables Gordon (8-4 in the CCC) to keep pace with Eastern Nazarene and Wentworth in second place behind Curry (10-2).  That game versus ENC at the Bennett Center on Saturday is starting to look like one with serious CCC implications.

But to think ahead to Saturday overlooks the fact that the next game (Thursday 7:30PM) is at UNE.  I won’t even post their record.  I will remind those reading that this team defeated Gordon at the Bennett Center in the first meeting.

Alex’s amazing performance overshadowed terrific games by Ryan Palumbo and David Dempsey.  Ryan had 21 points, 9 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals.  David had an 18-point, 9-rebound game.

I am a real believer in the efficiency stat because it takes note of all the statistical positives and negatives of a player.  Sometimes a player can score a lot of points but miss plenty of shots getting to the high number.  The efficiency stat factors in the missed shots.

I mention all that because Alex broke the efficiency stat bank with a +48.  He only had three points of negatives in a 39-point night.  Remarkable.

Top Five Players in this game in efficiency:
Alex Carnes +48
Ryan Palumbo +33
David Dempsey +25
Mike Igoe +18
Luke Hamilton +12

Team stats for this game in efficiency:
Gordon +118
Roger Williams +91

Efficiency is arrived at by subtracting the bad stats (missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers) from the good stats (rebounds, points, assists, blocks, steals).

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