Gallaudet tripped up by CCNY, 77-67
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite another 30-point performance from sophomore guard Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) the Gallaudet University men's basketball team could not overcome a terrific shooting performance from The City College of New York on Saturday. The Bison lost the hard fought non-conference game by 10 points, 77-67, at the Field House in front of a crowd of 400.
Gallaudet (3-5) watched a one-point first half lead evaporate on a last-second shot by Beaver freshman Israel Vickers as CCNY took a 35-34 lead into the break. CCNY (3-6) rode the momentum into the second half. The Beavers, who shot an impressive 57.7 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes of play, were able to take advantage of some early second half struggles by the Gallaudet offense. CCNY opened the second half on a 20-6 run to build a 14-point advantage, 57-43, with 11:20 left in the game.
The tenacious Bison defense never backed down and continued to apply pressure which caused the Beavers to get out of rhythm and allowed Gallaudet to get back into the game.
Senior Johnny Jackson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) rejuvenated the Bison offense as he drained five of his 16 points to lead a 13-6 run. McMillan (nine rebounds) capped the run as he drilled one of his six three-pointers to pull Gallaudet within six points, 63-57, with seven and a half minutes left to play. That was as close as the Bison would get as the Beavers were able to fend off the late charge to secure the victory.
The Beavers received double digit performances from four players and were paced by junior Xavier Gonzalez's team-high 19 points.
McMillan was 6-for-9 from behind the three-point line for the game. This was his second 30-point game in the past three contests as the sophomore has recorded double digit point totals for the past five games. Sophomore Tony Tatum (Birmingham, Ala.) was the other Bison to reach double figures as he scored 12 points as he was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The Bison will hit the court for the final time before Winter Break next Saturday, December 19, when they host Maryland Bible College at 4 p.m. The two teams met earlier this season in the GU Holiday Tournament on November 29 as the Bison beat the Soldiers in the championship game, 96-85.