WASHINGTON – It was a hard fought North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball game Sunday afternoon at the Field House as Gallaudet University defeated Penn St.-Berks, 72-66. The victory increases GU's win streak to six straight the most by a Bison team since the 1930s.
Gallaudet (13-5, 9-3 NEAC) lead by 11, 61-50, with 5:34 left in regulation before the visiting Nittany Lions (4-13, 4-7 NEAC) crawled their way back into the game. Penn St.-Berks cut the Bison lead to two, 66-64, with two minutes left before guard Dameon Nixon got slapped with a technical foul. Bison junior forward Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) made both free throws. Berks then turned the ball over as sophomore forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) responded with lay-up at the 1:26 mark as GU led 70-64.
Sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) led all-scorers with 25 points as he made 9 of 14 shots and went 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Gordon added 17 points, nine rebounds and three three-pointers. McGriff finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and made a game-high four blocks. Junior guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) had a game-high seven assists while freshman forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) added six points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
Penn St.-Berks had three players in double digits led by Christian Burggraf's 20-point performance and six rebounds. Michael Aldridge recorded a double-double with 17 points a game-high 14 rebounds and made two blocks. Nixon was the third Nittany Lion in double figures as he scored 10 points.
While five consecutive wins by a Gallaudet men's basketball team has occurred several times in program history, one would have to go back to the end of the 1931-32 season (three wins) and the start of the 1932-33 season (three wins) to see the last time Gallaudet had won six consecutive games. The program record for consecutive wins in a season is eight, set by the 1916-17 squad.
This was Gallaudet's first win over Penn St.-Berks in seven tries as the Bison last defeated the Nittany Lions on Dec. 11, 2011, with a 71-69 win at home. GU still trails the series 3-7.
GU is in the midst of a five-game homestand that will continue on Saturday, Feb. 7, when the Bison welcome NEAC North Division foe Keuka College (10-6, 7-3 NEAC) at 3 p.m.