WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball comeback fell short Sunday afternoon against SUNY Polytechnic Institute in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game in the Field House as the Bison lost, 55-50.
The visiting Wildcats (4-9 3-2 NEAC) never trailed in the game and led by as much as 15 points. SUNY Poly held an 11-point lead, 48-37, with 5:26 left in regulation before Gallaudet started to cut into the Wildcat margin.
Gallaudet (7-5, 3-3 NEAC) cut SUNY Poly's lead in half, 48-43, after junior guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) made two free throws at the 2:27 mark. A minute later, junior guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) made a lay-up as GU only trailed by three, 50-47, with 1:19 left on the clock. The Bison caused one of the 22 SUNY Poly turnovers but senior guard Anton Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) missed a lay-up and the Wildcats answered with a Michael Boyea (nine points) basket. Gordon added one final three-pointer with six seconds left before Ryan McCarthy (nine points, five rebounds) iced the game with two free throws in the waning seconds.
Sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) led Gallaudet with 15 points off the bench, 13 of which came in the first half, while Gordon and Jackson tallied 12 each. Jackson had a game-high eight rebounds.
Maverick Hodge led all-scorers with 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists while Kaleel Johnson scored eight of his 14 points in the first half to lead the Wildcats.
The Bison shot 45.2 percent from the field (19 of 42) while the Wildcats weren't far off shooting 43.4 percent from the field (23 of 53). SUNY Poly scored 22 points off the 26 turnovers committed by the Bison and outrebounded Gallaudet by three, 30-27. SUNY Poly scored 17 second chance points as they made 11 offensive rebounds.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, formerly known as SUNYIT, led 29-20 at halftime.
Gallaudet will look to bounce back on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. when the Bison welcome NEAC South Division foe Wilson College (3-7, 2-4 NEAC) to the Field House.