CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – School history was made Monday night here as the Gallaudet University men's basketball team won its ninth straight game with a 75-70 win over Wilson College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game. The ninth consecutive win in a season surpasses the 98-year-old school record of eight set in 1916-17. GU first fielded a men's basketball team in 1903-04.
In a tightly contested game the Bison (16-5, 12-3 NEAC) trailed for the majority of the first half as Wilson (3-16, 2-13 NEAC) led 34-32 at the half. There were seven lead changes, five in the second half, and 12 times the game was tied. The 12th and final tie happened at the 1:47 mark in the second half when Wilson's Rasul Jackson made a three-pointer to knot the game at 70. The Bison closed out the game at the free throw line as they made 5 of 6 attempts to lock up the 16th win of the season.
Three different Bison reached double figures led by sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) that scored 19 points as he made 7 of 11 shots from the field. Junior forward Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) poured in 16 points including three three-pointers to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) netted 16 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench. Freshman forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) added eight points and five rebounds while senior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) scored seven points and four rebounds.
Marqwon Wynn led the Phoenix with 13 bench points followed by Ben Holl's 12 points and seven rebounds. Rahim Bunch passed out a game-high 10 assists to go with nine points, four rebounds and two steals.
The Bison outrebounded the Phoenix, 42-28, and held a 36-24 edge in the post. Wilson scored 23 points off Gallaudet's 12 turnovers while the Bison scored 12 points off second chance opportunities. Gallaudet shot 48.1 percent from the field (25 of 52) while Wilson shot 41.5 percent (27 of 65) and made 12 three-pointers.
GU will stay in Pennsylvania overnight and will travel to Bryn Athyn College (5-18, 5-11 NEAC) tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 17) for another conference contest at 8 p.m.