LANCASTER, Pa. - The outcome of Saturday's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South Division men's basketball showdown between Gallaudet University and No. 18 Lancaster Bible College was in the hands of the Chargers, late in the second half, but an important Bison milestone was still up in the air.
Senior guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) toed the free throw line with 2:33 left in regulation and made a free throw as he recorded 1,000 career points. The game was stopped briefly to acknowledge Gordon's accomplishment as he became the 23rd player in Gallaudet men's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
"It's an honor to reach this milestone, and I owe it to my family, team and coaches for pushing me to be the best I can be. I couldn't have done this without them. They deserve the credit," said Gordon.
Lancaster Bible (17-0, 10-0 NEAC) continues its best start in school history with today's 91-73 victory before a boisterous crowd of 636. Gallaudet (10-6, 7-3 NEAC) loses its first game in over three weeks, snapping a seven-game win streak dating back to Jan. 7.
The Bison had cut the Chargers' lead down to eight, 64-56, with 12:30 left in the second half on a layup by junior Shawn Harrington (Frederick, Md.). Lancaster Bible outscored Gallaudet 24-11 during the next 10 minutes before Gordon approached the free throw line with 2:33 left.
Harrington led the Bison with 18 points, 11 coming in the second half, as he grabbed six rebounds. Junior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) recorded a third straight double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) provided a spark in the first half off the bench as he scored 11 of his 16 points in 15 minutes of the opening half. The aforementioned Gordon finished with 12 points, seven rebound, four assists and two steals.
Lancaster Bible guard Byrce Williams led all-scorers with 33 points, seven rebounds and three assists as he made six 3-pointers. CJ Dunston, the reigning NEAC Player of the Year, tallied a double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.
The Bison dug themselves a huge hole at the start of the game as the Chargers bursted out of the gates to a 19-5 lead just six minutes in. Lancaster Bible held a 30-12 edge midway through the half before Gallaudet rallied with an 11-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by senior Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) at the 7:23 mark. Nelson made a steal and a fastbreak dunk and added a 3-pointer, the next time down the court, as GU only trailed by five, 35-30, with 5:06 left before the half.
Williams responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and Dunston added another three, a minute later, as the Chargers increased their lead back to 14 points. Lancaster Bible took a 53-40 lead into halftime.
- Senior guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) passed out a game-high five assists and grabbed seven rebounds
- Holsworth added eight points, six rebounds and two steals
- The game featured the NEAC's top scoring team (LBC - 98.3 avg. per game) vs. the league's top scoring defense (GAL - 65.5 points allowed per game)
- The 53 first-half points are the most GU has surrendered this season
- LBC and Towson are the only two teams to score 53 points in a half against the Bison this year
- This is the third lowest point total for LBC this season
- GU held a 40-38 edge in points in the paint and scored 17 second chance points
- The two teams had 10 fast break points each
- The Bison bench added 33 points
- LBC led from start to finish
"It's an honor to see one of the great student-athletes at Gallaudet accomplish this feat considering all the hours he put into being a great student and athlete as a basketball player. Everyone on the team is honored to have been a part of his career." - Kevin Kovacs, Gallaudet men's basketball coach
Gallaudet will have a day off before hosting Morrisville State College (12-6, 8-2 NEAC) on Monday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. This game was originally scheduled for Jan. 24 but was postponed due to last week's snowstorm. The Mustangs are the top team in the NEAC North Division.