- Wentworth enters its sixth straight CCC Tournament under Head Coach Arlen Galloway
- Leopards are 22-37 all-time against Gordon, which has won the last four meetings
- WIT's last win against the Fighting Scots was during the 2017 postseason tournament on February 21st, on Gordon's home court
- Leopards are 4-3 in the CCC Tournament vs Gordon
HOW THEY GOT HERE
The Leopards enter the CCC Postseason Tournament at 8-17 with a 5-11 mark in conference play. In a three-way tie with Salve Regina and UNE, Wentworth earned the seventh seed, as the deciding factor came down to Wentworth's crucial victory over Roger Williams on January 3rd.
At the conclusion of the regular-season three teams – UNE, Wentworth, and Salve Regina – were tied at 5-11 for the final two spots in the conference tournament. The league's tiebreaking procedure was needed to determine the final seedings. The University of New England was the first to emerge from the deadlock in the first tiebreaking step, which is head-to-head competition among tied teams. UNE was 3-1 in the head-to-head meetings and was awarded the No. 6 seed.
The Leopards and Seahawks then entered a new tiebreaker, starting with head-to-head. The two teams split their regular-season series, so the tiebreak continued to the next step which compared each team based on their results against other conference opponents in rank order. Neither team had a win over either of the top two seeds, Nichols and Gordon. However, Wentworth did have a win against No. 3 seed Roger Williams which gave the Leopards the final spot in the CCC Tournament and eliminated the Seahawks. The Leopards downed the Hawks in their first game of the New Year, 81-72, led by 25 points from Gavin Keough. Keough went 5-for-8 from long range, while Stephen Azums booked 17 points, and Noah Bice scored 15 off the bench.
Azums highlighted the regular season with a big milestone as a starting junior for the Leopards, and hit 1,000 career points (for video, click here) on February 13th vs UNE. Azums became the 16th player in Wentworth men's basketball history to reach the 1,000 points plateau, and currently has 1,698, which ranks third all-time.
Gordon enters the postseason at 21-4 overall, including a 13-3 mark against league opponents, including a win that handed the top-seeded Bison their only conference loss of the year. The Fighting Scots were also in the latest Northeast Regional Rankings sitting at No. 8.
THEIR LAST MEETING
January 30th, 2019
The Leopards battled with Gordon, who at the time received 10 votes in the D3Hoops Top 25 Poll, until the final buzzer, and lost by just a single possession, 73-71, in Wenham. Azums tied the single-game program record with 23 rebounds, which dated back to 2011. Keough led the offensive surge for the Leopards with 21 points, connecting on 7-of-13 shots from downtown.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Overall Season Leaders
- Points Per Game - Stephen Azums - 17.6 | Kyle Henseler - 12.1 | Gavin Keough - 11.0
- Rebounds Per Game - Stephen Azums - 10.8 | Zach Bergeon - 5.1 | Matt Vartanian - 3.7
- Points Per Game - Eric Demers - 22.7 | Garrisson Duvivier - 18.5 | Noah Szilagyi - 12.6
- Rebounds Per Game - Garrisson Duvivier - 9.7 | Parker Omslaer 4.7 | Eric Demers 4.1