WASHINGTON – The consistent offensive attack of the Gallaudet University men's basketball team was too much for Maryland Bible College as the Bison rolled to a 72-46 victory in the first round of their annual GU Holiday Tournament on Friday in the Field House.
The Bison (1-5) took advantage of a depleted Soldier bench early in the game, scoring the first nine points of the game. The offensive attack of Gallaudet was too much for Maryland Bible (3-6) as the closest the Soldiers got was at 14:40 when they brought the score to within four points. Gallaudet maintained the pressure and went into halftime with a 15-point lead, 35-20. The Bison carried a double-digit lead throughout the entire second half, with the biggest lead coming with 2:48 minutes left when sophomore guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) made a jumper as the GU led 70-37.
Gallaudet had a balanced offensive attack as five players scored in double digits. Forwards Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) and Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) controlled the paint as they combined for 24 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) was dangerous from the perimeter as he sank four three-pointers in addition to grabbing three steals. Gordon added two three-pointers of his own as he scored 12 points. Junior Anton Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) played a well-rounded game for the Bison as he accumulated 11 points, seven boards, two assists and two steals.
The Soldiers were led by Maurice Byers who nailed three three-pointers en route to scoring 15 points as well as grabbing three steals. After entering the game late in the first half, guard Jason Reynolds made an impact with his fast paced play as he added 11 points, two assists and a steal of his own.
Gallaudet returns to the court tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 7) at 5 p.m. to face Lynchburg College in the championship game held at the Field House. The Hornets and Valley Forge Christian College faced off in a shootout for the second game of the night. Lynchburg (5-2) was able to take control in the second half and won, 94-70, going away. Guard Zack Burnett was deadly from outside for the Hornets as he went 4-for-5 from three-point range. He led all scorers as he totaled 17 points in the game. The Patriots (5-3) were led by guard Jean LeBlanc who scored 14 points including four three-pointers of his own. Valley Forge and Maryland Bible will play in the consolation game at 3 p.m.
2013 GU Holiday Tournament
Saturday, Dec. 7
Consolation: Valley Forge vs. Maryland Bible, 3 p.m.
Championship: Lynchburg vs. Gallaudet, 5 p.m.