WENHAM, Mass. — The Endicott men's basketball team fell to crosstown rival Gordon College, 105-98, in overtime on Thursday night at the Bennett Center.
Keith Brown (Pelham, N.H.) notched a team-high 28 points (10-20 FG, 4-8 3PT, 4-5 FT), while Nick Thibeault (Gorham, Maine) added 18 points (7-14 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT). Matt McDevitt (Cumberland, Maine) also compiled 17 points (6-13 FG, 4-11 3PT, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and a steal.
Trailing 88-85 with 1:17 left to play in regulation, the Gulls tied up the contest when Joel Villa (Bronx, N.Y.) swished a three-pointer at the 1:03 mark off a feed from Joe Shehadi (Dorset, Vt.). Endicott then forced overtime on the next possession as the Gulls staved off a game-winning layup by Gordon with some strong interior defense with seven seconds remaining.
In overtime, Endicott grabbed an early 90-88 advantage on a made jumper from Brown, but Gordon countered with a 9-2 run over the next 3:16 of action to pull away from its rivals. The next 1:08 of play featured a spirited comeback bid by Endicott although the Fighting Scots' lead was too much to overcome that late.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Tonight's game only featured four ties and four lead changes despite the back-and-forth nature of the matchup.
- Gordon's largest lead of 10 points came in overtime (45-seconds remaining), while Endicott's largest lead was 11 points (6:50, first half).
- Shehadi filled the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
- Endicott had won the previous six matchups versus Gordon.
FOR THE FOES
- Eric Demers (Acushnet, Mass.) poured in a game-high 33 points (12-12 FG, 5-9 3PT, 4-5 FT) to go along with five assists, five steals, and a block.
- Jake Haar (Hungtington Beach, Calif.) had 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-10 3PT).
- Demers and Haar combined for 11 of Gordon's 12 three-pointers.
- Garrisson Duvivier (Brockton, Mass.) produced a double-double with 19 points (7-15 FG, 5-7 FT) and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Endicott (9-4, 4-2 CCC) hosts Roger Williams this Saturday at 3 PM. Gordon (7-5, 3-2 CCC) welcomes Salve Regina to its campus on Saturday at 3 PM.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)