Joining Miersma in the Gordon frontcourt is 6-6 junior Jason Dempsey, who really came on strong in the second half of the season.
Tonight, Gordon will be battling a Babson team that scores 74.3 points per game and shoots about 45 percent from the field. Freshman Joey Flannery is the team’s leading scorer with 19.1 points per game, but Babson also has some size with David Mack (6-6) and John Wickey (6-7). Wickey is a matchup nightmare considering he’s one of the team’s top three-point shooters, which really stretches opposing defenses.
“Babson goes about seven payers deep, but all seven are good players,” said Murphy. “They’re just a very good team with a lot of very good parts.”
One of the biggest factors could be which team suffers from big-game jitters. The NCAA tournament is a whole different animal than the conference tournaments and Murphy is well aware, considering he has experienced it before. The same can’t be said for his players, though, so the Scots are trying to remain loose and relaxed headed into tonight.
Murphy wants his guys to enjoy what will be a memorable experience win or lose, but hopes they don’t lose sight of the fact that they are there to win.
“I think you have to experience (the NCAAs) to get it,” noted Murphy. “I want them to enjoy it, but (also) realize they can do something no one in our conference has done and win. I told them to enjoy the ride ... but hopefully, enjoy it for a few extra days.”