SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore guard Aaron Trigg (Overland Park, KS) scored a game high 23 points to lead three players in double figures as visiting Gordon posted a 67-59 victory over Western New England College Saturday afternoon (Feb. 16) at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
The Fighting Scots raised their record to 16-7 while the Golden Bears drop to 14-9 after having their five-game winning streak ended. Both teams are now 8-3 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Senior forward Michael Schnackenberg (South Portland, ME) added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors while senior guard Justin Kaufman (Redding, CT) netted 10 points while handing out eight assists.
WNEC held an early seven-point lead (16-9) at the 11:12 mark of the opening half before Gordon came back to take a 31-25 lead at halftime.
Western New England College pulled within one at 40-39 following a basket by senior guard Asif Abdul-Wadud (Springfield, MA) with 13:44 left in the contest. The Fighting Scots used a 15-6 run to take their biggest lead (55-45) after a basket by Schnackenberg at the 5:47 mark.
Kaufman made a clutch basket to give Gordon a 63-56 advantage with 51 seconds remaining before junior guard Matt Maynard (Paterson, NJ) drained a long three-pointer to get WNEC within four (63-59) with 37 seconds left.
Trigg then sank four free throws in the final 33 seconds to cement the victory. He was 6-for-12 from the field and made 5-of-10 three pointers. Trigg also made all six foul shots and pulled down seven rebounds in a fine overall performance.
Abdul-Wadud led the Golden Bears with 14 points while senior forward Jim Bayne (Bristol, CT) had 11 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Kyle Fredette (Wallingford, VT) chipped-in with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Gordon had a better shooting day connecting on 47.8% of its field goal attempts, including 8-of-18 (44.4%) from three-point territory. The Fighting Scots also converted 15-of-21 (71.4%) of their charity shots.
Western New England College managed to make only 35.8% of its shots from the floor. The Golden Bears held a 24-22 edge in field goals, but went to the foul line just 11 times making seven shots.
Asif Abdul-Wadud, Bayne, Hernandez, and forward Ronelson Lovaincy (Somerville, MA) were honored before the game during Senior Day activities.