MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team committed a season-high 34 turnovers Wednesday night on the road against Penn St.-Harrisburg as the Nittany Lions won 60-51 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference South Division showdown.
Gallaudet (8-10, 4-4 NEAC) trailed the entire second half after holding a nine-point edge, 23-14, with just over six minutes left in the opening half. The Nittany Lions took a 28-26 lead into halftime and never looked back.
The Bison turnovers led to 33 points for the Nittany Lions (8-9, 5-1 NEAC), tied for first-place in the NEAC South Division, with 19 points scored in the second half. Gallaudet's previous single-game high for turnovers this season was 27.
GU was still in the game late when the buff and blue trimmed the lead to two, 51-49, on a layup by senior center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio). The Bison were still within three points, 54-51, with just under two minute senior guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) got hit with a technical foul which allowed the Nittany Lions to make two free throws and put the game away.
Kelly recorded his second straight 25-point game as he made 12-of-20 shots, including one 3-pointer, and grabbed 10 rebounds. The double-double is the fourth for Kelly this year. He scored 14 of his 25 points in the second half. Seeber was the next highest scorer for the Bison with seven points, five assists, four steals and 11 turnovers.
Jordan Gatchell led the Nittany Lions on offense with 16 points, four assists and four steals.
Gallaudet will venture to upstate New York to take on SUNY Cobleskill (3-11, 1-4 NEAC North) on Sunday, Jan. 20.