By Brian Willwerth
MILTON, MA – After scoring 112 points and losing three nights ago, the Curry College men’s basketball team was in need of a bounce-back game.
They got it Saturday afternoon on their home court, beating Gordon, 84-76. Six Colonels scored in double-figures.
“I’m proud of my guys, because they stuck with it and didn’t fall,” said Curry head coach Malcolm Wynn, whose team improved to 9-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). “We just preach ‘defense, defense defense.’”
The two halves could not have been more different. The first was a fast-paced 20 minutes, with few whistles. The second was a foul-fest, with an official blowing his whistle seemingly every other possession. There were a total of two free throws attempts in the first half. By the end of the game, the two teams had combined to shoot 59 free throws.
“I would’ve rather us hit our free throws,” said Wynn.
The same can be said for Tod Murphy’s team as well. The Colonels were 25 of 36 from the line (69%) while the Fighting Scots were just 14 of 23 (61%). As rough as the free throw shooting was, the 25-14 advantage for Curry at the line made the difference in the final outcome.
Sedale Jones led all Curry players with 16 points, with three others scoring 14 apiece: Carlos Ribeiro, Lambros Papalambros and Antonio Jones. For Gordon, David Dempsey was the leading scorer with 22 points.
Curry now has a two-game cushion in the CCC over Gordon and Eastern Nazarene, which lost to Wentworth on Saturday.
“Right now we continue to be in first place, and I want to stay that way until the end of the season and have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs,” said Wynn.
Both teams return to action Tuesday night. Curry travels to the University of New England, while Gordon stays on the road to take on Roger Williams.