KEUKA PARK, N.Y. - The Gallaudet university men's basketball team won on the road, 79-62, here Saturday over Keuka College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
The Wolfpack (6-11, 3-8 NEAC) took control of the game early, leading the majority of the first half, and held a 13-point edge midway through the opening 20 minutes of play. Junior Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) helped the Bison (12-6, 9-3 NEAC) dig into the Wolfpack's lead right before intermission. Nelson scored seven of GU's 10 points as his layup at the three-minute mark knotted the game at 33. Nelson sank a 3-pointer, a minute later, as GU had its first lead of the game up 36-33. Sophomore Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) converted a 3-point play with 38 seconds left and Nelson made a layup in the waning seconds as Gallaudet took a 41-38 lead into halftime.
Nelson tallied 13 of his 20 points in the first half as he made 6 of 7 shots from the field. Senior guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) matched Nelson with 13 points as he went 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Gordon finished the game with a game-high 25 points. Cruz grabbed a career best 12 rebounds to go with six points, five assists and two steals. Junior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes of play.
The teams exchanged the lead to begin the second half before Nelson converted a 3-point play at the 17:39 mark to give GU the lead for good, up 44-43. That play began a 15-0 run over the next four minutes as the Bison advantage increased to 56-43.
Coach Kevin Kovacs emptied the bench down the stretch as GU reserves gained valuable playing time on the road. Freshman guard Jake Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) made his second collegiate 3-pointer at the 2:40 mark as Gallaudet led by 21, 77-56.
Keuka was led by senior guard Casey Williams' 19-point performance as he made five 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal.
- GU scored 22 points off 18 Keuka turnovers
- GU more than doubled Keuka's points in the paint, 48-20
- Keuka's bench held a 23-14 edge over the Bison
- The game featured five lead changes and four ties
- The Bison have a 5-3 record against Keuka since 2010
- GU has won two straight against Keuka and three out of the last four
The Bison will remain in New York as they travel to Wells College tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 7) to face the Express (8-11, 6-6 NEAC) at 1 p.m.