Nov. 18, 2006
By Gordon Sports Information
WENHAM, Mass. - Gordon College junior guard Justin Kaufman was named the Gordon College Tip-Off Tournament MVP as he scored 20 points to lead the Fighting Scots over MIT in the Championship game Saturday night in the Bennett Center in Wenham. In the evening's first game, Middlebury College nearly doubled up on Mount Ida College, 120-61, to take the consolation game, while the Championship tilt saw the Fighting Scots (2-0) and Engineers (1-1) battle for 40 minutes before the Scots made crucial free-throws down the stretch to seal a 78-71 victory.
Things did not start out well for the Scots as the Engineers sprinted out to a 13-0 lead capped by an Erich Bracht lay-up with 16:23 showing on the clock. The Scots answered the early deficit with an 11-0 run of their own paced by Kaufman and senior forward Michael Herr.
The Scots took a two-point lead with 10 minutes to go in the opening half as sophomore guard Tim DeLuca hit a three-pointer for his only points of the contest. Gordon held the Engineers' offense at bay until Billy Johnson hit a three with 2:33 to go in the half which knotted the score at 30. Herr hit a lay-up with 19 seconds remaining in the half to give the Scots a 32-30 lead at the break.
In the first 4:08 of the second half, the Scots pushed their lead to 11, 43-32, on a Kaufman lay-up before the Engineers orchestrated an 11-4 run highlighted by Alex Krull's successful three-point attempt with 12:33 to play. Johnson brought the Engineers within three, 58-55, with 8:21 left after he hit two free-throws.
With 6:18 remaining, the Engineers finally tied the game at 60 when Krull nailed another three. MIT took the lead with just under six minutes to go on a Jimmy Bartolotta lay-up and the Engineers held the lead until Gordon senior guard Jerry Logan drove the lane for a lay-up and converted a three-point play as he was fouled. The three-point play tied the game at 69 with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Bracht made a lay-up with 1:21 to play to make it a one-point contest (72-71), but the Engineers were unable to pull even as the Scots went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch to hold on for the 78-71 win.
Bracht finished the night with 14 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team after a solid collegiate debut. Krull also earned All-Tournament honors with his 22 point showing Saturday and his terrific all-around play all weekend. Herr led all scorers with 26 points on the game including six buckets from beyond the arc to pace the Scots.
Herr was named All-Tournament Team as he totaled 48 points and 12 rebounds over the two day event; he also drained nine three-pointers. Kaufman was named the Gordon College Tip-Off Tournament MVP as he carried the Fighting Scots with 47 points in two games, including going 21-29 from the charity stripe.
Gordon College Tip-Off All-Tournament Team
Justin Kaufman- Gordon College (MVP)
Michael Herr -Gordon College
Alex Krull- MIT
Erich Bracht- MIT
Evan Thompson- Middlebury
Otis Thompson- Mount Ida