WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team never trailed on Saturday afternoon at the Field House en route to a comfortable, 67-43, triumph over Maryland Bible College. Senior guard Jocus Houston (Baton Rouge, La.) led the Bison with 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting in front of a crowd of 140 fans.
Houston scored the game's first five points and finished the first half with 13 as the Bison (3-3) entered the break with 34-22 advantage. He opened the game with a three-pointer at the 19:44 mark and the Bison never looked back. Gallaudet led 7-0 before the Soldiers (2-6), a non-NCAA sanctioned program, got their first bucket almost three minutes into the contest.
The second half followed the same script as the Bison played well offensively and used stifling defense to prevent MBC from making a run. Senior center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) and junior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) posted phenomenal performances and played a significant role in the Gallaudet victory. Kelly finished the contest with 14 points and six rebounds and Palmer recorded his third double-double already this season with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Senior guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) had a quiet night offensively but made his presence felt defensively with three steals and six defensive rebounds (nine total) to go with nine assists. Houston also had three steals on the afternoon. Junior forward Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) contributed five points and two assists in the win.
Led by freshman forward James Steingieser (New Market, Md.), the Bison bench outscored the Soldier bench 15-4. Steingieser recorded six points on 3-of-3 shooting and added a steal. Sophomore forward Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) also came off the bench and contributed 18 minutes of play during which he posted three points, a pair of boards and an assist.
Gallaudet went 29-for-50 from the field in the game for a field goal percentage of 58 percent. MBC outshot the Bison by 17 but could only get 19 of their 67 shots to go down for a field goal percentage of 28.4 percent. The Bison were much better beyond the arc as well. They recorded a three-point field goal percentage of 37.5 percent while the Soldiers shot a dismal 7.1 percent from three-point range.
The Bison will step back onto the court on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when they host the University of Mary Washington Eagles in a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m. in the Field House.