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December 5, 2013

NORTH SHORE CUP RUNNETH OVER: Gordon men shade Endicott with last minute layup

WENHAM — The Bennett Center was rocking as the Fighting Scots took on Commonwealth Coast Conference arch rival Endicott in a doubleheader. Gordon pulled out a 68-66 thriller in the men's game, but the Endicott women prevailed, 58-42 in the opener.

The men's game was a barnburner with Gordon a disappointing 1-4 coming into the conference opener while Endicott was 4-1. The game was deadlocked four times in the second half, the last one when the Gulls' Andre Makris finished off a fast break to knot it at 66-66 with two minutes remaining. Makris had a dozen points and three blocked shots in 23 minutes. Park Thomas answered at the other end to put the Fighting Scots ahead with 41 seconds remaining.

After Endicott called a time out, Kamahl Walker attempted a three-point shot that hit the rim and bounced out. Lachlan Magee came up with the rebound, but his shot was blocked, and with eight seconds remaining the Gulls inbounded the ball. Makris took an outside shot that didn't fall at the buzzer.

"What a difference it made when we played defense in the second half," said Gordon College coach Tod Murphy. " We always seem to shoot better in our building. This team is built on defense and rebounding. We gave them way too many offensive rebounds tonight (23), and it's tough to win when you do that.

"We got off to a great start, but they came right back. We didn't do everything right, but we did do enough to win."

Gordon was lights out from three-point land in the first half led by Luke Hamilton, who hit four of the five three's he attempted and finished with 15 points. They went on a 16-0 run to pull ahead, 28-15, but the visitors fought back to cut it to 40-36 at the half.

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