CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team was on fire from three-point range on Saturday as it made a season best 14 three-pointers en route to an 80-77 win at Cazenovia College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest.
Gallaudet (9-5, 5-3 NEAC) trailed Cazenovia (5-10, 3-4 NEAC) 30-28 at halftime before the Bison outscored the Wildcats 52-47 in the second half. The 52 points in a half is a new season best mark for the buff and blue. The Bison made 10 three-pointers in the second half including a stretch of five straight.
Sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) was 5-for-5 from three-point range and made four straight in a three-minute stretch of the second half as Gallaudet cut into Cazenovia's lead. Nelson's first three-pointer in the second half cut the Wildcats lead to three, 57-54, and after his fourth straight three-pointer the score was 68-63 in favor of the home team.
Freshman forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) made GU's 14th and last three-pointer in the game at the 3:03 mark as GU took a 74-73 lead. Junior guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) made Gallaudet's last field goal on a jumper with 54 seconds left as the Bison led 80-75.
Nelson led the Bison with 21 points as he made 8 of 11 field goals, which includes his 5-for-5 performance from three-point range. Junior forward Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Cruz tallied 16 points and five rebounds. Bonheyo added eight points, six assists and three rebounds. GU shot 40 percent from three-point range (14 of 35).
Cazenovia was led by Ryan Gavin's 20 points and eight rebounds followed by Keith Caiello's 18 points and four rebounds. The Wildcats led for nearly 34 minutes in the game and their largest lead was 68-60 in the second half.
Gallaudet will stay in New York to face three-time defending NEAC champion Morrisville State College (5-9, 2-5 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 25) at 2 p.m.