Gordon College and Nichols College will contend for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown tomorrow when the Bison host the Lord Jeffs for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Dudley. Below is a game preview, courtesy of the Nichols sports information department:
DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s basketball team will play for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship for the first time in school history Saturday afternoon when they host Gordon College at 2 p.m. at the Nichols Athletic Center.
Fresh off last night’s thrilling 83-80 overtime win against No. 4 seed Salve Regina, the top-seeded Bison welcome a Fighting Scots team which defeated Roger Williams in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wentworth in the semifinals last night. Gordon – which is seeded No. 3 in the tournament – brings a record of 16-10 to Dudley.
Nichols, meanwhile, is riding a seven-game win streak and continues to extend its program-record for wins, which stands at 22 entering tomorrow’s tilt. The Bison defeated Western New England 73-54 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday before rallying from a 10-point second-half deficit to eliminate the Seahawks, who ended the Bison’s season in both 2009 and 2012. Senior and CCC Player of the Year Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) poured in a team-high 24 points while classmate Sam Horning (Falmouth, Maine) added 14 points – including the go-ahead three-pointer midway through overtime.
The Fighting Scots are led by junior and CCC Defensive Player of the Year Hans Miersma (Whittinsville, Mass.), who tallied eight points and 11 rebounds against the Leopards. Junior Jason Dempsey (Wallingford, Conn.) led all Gordon student-athletes with 18 points while senior Park Thomas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) registered 12 points and seven dimes.
The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Nichols is asking all fans to wear black and help ‘Blackout’ the gymnasium.