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December 5, 2013

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

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Senior guard Greg Jacques had a game high 21 points and four steals. His quickness caused problems for Gordon and resulted in turnovers. Jacques led a 6-0 run by Endicott to start the second half with back to back baskets to knot it at 40 all, and then Daquan Sampson (12 points) gave the Gulls their first lead when he hit a jumper.

Gordon regained the lead on back to back three-pointers by Hamilton and Park Thomas, who had 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

"Hamilton had a big night with those three's," said Murphy. "And I can't say enough about the job Thomas did. He hit his free throws (7-8), and that was so important late in the game."

Center Hans Miersma, who had eight points seven rebounds, and five blocks, had to sit out much of the second half in foul trouble. He came out of the game after picking up his third, and when he went back in with just over nine minutes left quickly got called for his fourth.

"Hans is our man in the middle, and even when he's not scoring he changes the game," said Murphy. "We want him out on the court, and tonight we didn't have him in there for a while."

Alex Carnes was also in double figures with 12 for the Fighting Scots, who were outrebounded, 51-47. Both teams were in foul trouble, and Gordon hit 23 of 29 while the visitors were 14-19.

In the first half of the doubleheader the Endicott women improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCC led by Kelsey Cuddy with 13 points, six assists, and three steals. Samantha Crough was high rebounder with 11 and also had 10 points.

The visitors led, 25-19 at the half and increased the lead to 10 points early in the second half before Gordon fought back to cut it to four points on a driving layup by Brooke Kratche, who was one of three players for her team with 12 points. Lauren Kranyak and Fredi Nielsen also had a dozen each.

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