Mass. College Hoops: Curry College 84, Gordon College 76

Curry's effort at the free throw line helped them get past Gordon College! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)
Curry’s effort at the free throw line helped them get past Gordon College! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

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.

No. 10 MIT Sneaks By Curry College, 71-66

MIT snuck by Curry College on Tuesday, and earned their first win of the season!

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – No. 10 MIT broke open a tie game at the half, then hung on to beat Curry College Tuesday night, 71-66, in the season opener for both teams.

The Engineers pounded the ball inside whenever they got the opportunity, and the strategy paid off. Big men Noel Hollingsworth and Will Tashman each had double-doubles. Hollingsworth had 23 points, while Tashman added 14. Both players had ten rebounds apiece. Jamie Karraker (18 points) was the third Engineer in double-figures.

MIT was very effective on the glass.  The Engineers out-rebounded Curry, 43-28, leading to several easy put-backs. They also scored 19 points off turnovers.

The Colonels had three players in double-figures. Lambros Papalambros and Sedale Jones scored 24 and 22 points, respectively. Michael Connery added 11.

MIT led by as many as 15 with six minutes to go, but Curry kept chipping away.  The Colonels cut the lead to three in the final minute, but never did get the chance to tie it up.

The Engineers will play their home opener Thursday night against Gordon College.  The Colonels will take on Johnson State in the Wesleyan Tournament on Friday.