WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team pulled off a 72-59 victory over Lancaster Bible College, the top team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), on Tuesday night at the Field House. The Bison win snaps a five-game winning streak by the Chargers.
Galaudet (6-10, 5-4 NEAC) held the Chargers to only four points in the final nine minutes of play as the Bison outscored the visitors, 18-4. Lancaster Bible (9-6, 7-1 NEAC) turned as cold as the outside air temparture in the nation's capital. The Chargers turned the ball over six times and shot 10 percent (1-for-10) from the field. Freshman guard Stephen Dean (Sacramento, Calif.) helped to lead the Bison to the thrilling victory. He scored six of his 12 points in the final six minutes of action.
The Bison received a full team effort in the victory, as five players scored double figures. Senior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) led the charge with the team's only double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) and blocked two shots. Dean pitched in 12 points, which included three 3-pointers, as well as five rebounds and four assists. Freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) and junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) both scored 11 points each, while junior guard Anton Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) totaled 10 points.
Lancaster Bible was lead by CJ Dunston's double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds), as he passed out three assits and made two blocks. Naheer Mirza (nine assists) and Albert Suniga (six rebounds) totaled 13 points each in the loss.
GU trailed for the majority of the first half before a Dean 3-pointer tied the game at 26 with 5:13 left before intermission. Jackson added a basket, off a Charger turnover, and sophomore Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) came through with a clutch 3-pointer to give the Bison a five-point lead, 31-26, and force a quick LBC timeout. Gallaudet took a 32-31 lead into halftime.
GU will next travel to Wells College on Saturday, Feb. 1, for a 1 p.m. NEAC game.