Pickin Splinters: Gordon provides valuable piece to the puzzle for No. 19 UMass - UMass Athletics

Pickin Splinters: Gordon provides valuable piece to the puzzle for No. 19 UMass

Paul Gotham of the basketball web site Pickin Splinters wrote the following article on Derrick Gordon.
Gordon (2) has been a valuable piece to the UMass run. (Photo: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
     Derrick Gordon grabbed headlines recently. The redshirt sophomore's putback gave Derek Kellogg's then No. 22 UMass Minutemen a 69-67 victory over rival Providence. Gordon's bucket with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted UMass to consecutive last-second victories over the Friars.
     The attention was overdue for a player who Kellogg insists is a key piece for the Minutemen who have the NCAA Tournament in their sights for the first time in more than a decade.
     "He's a tough kind of role guy who will do everything for the team," Kellogg said during the weekly Atlantic 10 conference call. "Those types of guys are important. At times they don't get the recognition they deserve."

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