READING, Pa. – Three Bison scored in double figures on Friday night but it was not enough as the Gallaudet University men's basketball team fell to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Penn St.-Berks. The Bison led by as many as 12 points in the second half but could not hold on and fell to the Nittany Lions by a score of 75-72 in the conference opener.
Senior guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) led Gallaudet (3-5, 0-1 NEAC) with 20 points which he divided evenly between the first and second halves. He has now reached double digits in all but one contest this season. Senior center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) also scored in double figures as he posted 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting. He also added six rebounds and two steals. Senior guard Jocus Houston (Baton Rouge, La.) was the third Bison to reach double-digit scoring as he also put up 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half.
Gallaudet led 41-36 at the break and went on a run early in the second half to extend the lead to 12 with just under 17 minutes left in the contest. The Bison did not give up the lead until junior guard Dontez Reid knocked down a three-pointer to give the Nittany Lions a 73-72 advantage with just 54 seconds remaining in the game. PSU (1-7, 0-1 NEAC) hit two free throws down the stretch to put the game away. Seeber threw up a shot from beyond half court as the buzzer sounded but his shot hit off the backiron of the rim as the Lions celebrated the win.
The PSU bench provided the spark to push the squad past the Bison. Despite shooting similar field goal percentages, 46.3 percent for Gallaudet and 50.9 percent for Penn St.-Berks, the Nittany Lion bench players outscored their Bison counterparts 29-15.
The Bison will look to pick up their first NEAC victory of the season Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. when they take on the Lancaster Bible College Chargers on the road.