WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team started the 2014 calendar year with a 76-50 loss at home against non-conference foe Swarthmore College on Sunday afternoon in the Field House.
Swarthmore (5-6) used a 10-0 run late in the first half to break open a tied, 21-21, game. The Garnet took a 36-28 lead into intermission and didn't look back as the Bison (1-8) dropped their third straight game.
Senior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) netted 11 of his team best 19 points in the first half. He added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss. Palmer was the only Bison in double figures. Junior Anton Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) chipped in nine points, six rebounds and three assists and freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) added seven points and four rebounds.
Swarthmore outscored Gallaudet 40-22 in the second half and made 13-of-24 shots from 3-point range (54.2 percent). Guard Karl Barkley carried the team with seven 3-pointers (7 for 10) and 21 points and six rebounds. Swarthmore was strong on the boards as the Garnet grabbed 38 rebounds (17 on the offensive end) and outscored the Bison second chance points, 28-5. Swarthmore's bench outscored Gallaudet's 27-11, led by Shane Loeffler's 14 points. Forward Chris Bourne added 14 points and Joe Keedy had a game-high nine rebounds in the win.
Gallaudet is off until Saturday, Jan. 11, when the Bison jump back into North Eastern Athletic Conference play and will host Keuka College at 1 p.m.