First-place Gordon holds off Western New England College in exciting conference contest

First-place Gordon holds off Western New England College in exciting conference contest
Box Score

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Senior guards Aaron Trigg (Overland Park, KS) and Brady Bajema (Whitinsville, MA) combined for 47 points, and both made two free throws in the final 13.4 seconds to lead the Gordon College men's basketball team to an 83-79 victory over Western New England College Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13) at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

The Fighting Scots raised their record to 19-4 and maintained their first place lead in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) with a 10-1 mark.

Trigg finished with 27 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Bajema netted 20 points after making 7-of-9 shots from the field while compiling five assists and three rebounds.

Junior forward Greg Walker (Uxbridge, MA) was the third Gordon player in double figures with 16 points.

Western New England College (12-11, 7-4 TCCC) fell behind 18-8 in the opening 6:29 before coming back to take a 34-32 lead at the break.

The Fighting Scots pulled away for a 61-48 lead following a three-pointer by Trigg at the 10:03 mark.

The Golden Bears answered with a 16-4 run to get within 65-64 after senior forward Brendan Murphy (West Springfield, MA) drained a long three-pointer with 5:32 remaining.

WNEC finally tied the contest at 74-74 when senior guard Rick Johnson (Springfield, MA) made a free throw with a little more than two minutes left.

Walker scored a pair of baskets for a four-point edge and Western New England College twice got within two, the last time at 81-79, before Trigg sank two charity shots with 3.7 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Murphy led a balanced attack with 17 points (which included four three's) and four assists.

Johnson finished with four points while junior forward Brad Thomka (Springfield, MA) added 13 points and six rebounds.

Junior guard Andre Duncan (Bronx, NY) provided a big lift scoring nine of his 11 points in the second half while playing strong defense.

Both teams shot well from the floor with Western New England College finishing at 50.9% and Gordon 49.1%. The Golden Bears struggled at the line making only 13-of-23 attempts (56.5%) while the Fighting Scots canned 21-of-30 shots (70.0%).

Gordon also held a 39-25 advantage off the boards while senior forward Benjamin Gaskill (Columbus, OH) hauling in a game high 14 rebounds.