WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team took control of the game early in the first half and lead throughout over Wells College in a 70-65 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory Sunday afternoon in the Field House.
The Bison (3-8, 2-2 NEAC) played good defense in the first half as they held Wells (3-9, 3-3 NEAC) to two points in the first eight minutes of the game. The Express were kept under double-digit points for the first 13 minutes, as the Bison led 26-8. Late in the first half, the Bison held a 22-point lead, 34-12, over the Express at the 2:53 mark. The lead was quickly diminished, with the Express outscoring the Bison 13-2 to bring the game within 11, 36-25, going into halftime.
Gallaudet came out strong in the beginning of the second half, hanging on to its double point lead through the first seven minutes. Express fought back and cut into the lead to within one point, 59-58, at the 3:06 mark. Not phased by the Express' attempt to over take control of the game, the Bison held on and extended their lead to seven points before the Express scored in the final five seconds to bring the final score to 70-65.
The Bison had four different players reach double figures in points. Junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) contributed a team-high 14 points, 12 of which came from beyond the 3-point arc as he finished 4 of 6 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Coleman also had a team high three steals.
Senior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) was second on the team in scoring with 13 points, he made two 3-pointers fall and also put up a game-high four assists and three blocks. Freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) had 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) put up 11 points off of three 3-pointers and four points from the free throw line.
Wells, who has now lost three straight, was lead by Al Paul and Jonathon Hurtado, who both had 16 points each to go with EZ Garcia's 11 points. Paul was 8-for-9 from the free throw line and compiled a team high seven rebounds, while Hurtado lead the team with five steals.
The Bison shot over 75 percent from 3-point range in the first half, finishing the game with a 62.5 percentage in both 3-point and free throw shots. Gallaudet, however, committed 26 turnovers, which lead to 24 points by the Express. Bison enter the next game with their first win streak of the year, going 2-0 this weekend.
Gallaudet will next host NEAC foe Cazenovia College on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Field House.