WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team won 82-59 here Saturday against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South Division rival Penn St.-Berks, in front of a packed alumni audience at the Field House. The game was a preview of next Tuesday's NEAC tournament first round game that GU will host at a time to be determined.
Gallaudet had four players score in double digits, led by junior Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Seniors Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) and Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) along with junior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) added 15 points each. Bonheyo was a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc as he shot 75 percent from the field. McGriff played a stellar game in the post, with a dunk to begin the game and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds.
The Bison (16-7, 13-4 NEAC) gave a full team effort in the game, but missed opportunities to advance their lead in the first half that allowed the Nittany Lions (8-16, 8-10 NEAC) to stick around and come within just two points of the Bison score, 27-25 at the 6:18 mark. GU was able to pull away after a 3-pointer from senior forward Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) made it 42-31 heading into halftime.
The Nittany Lions were unable to catch up after that, never getting within eight points, as GU held a comfortable lead for the majority of the second half.
Penn St.-Berks had three players score in double digits, led by senior guard Christian Burggraf with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
- Sophomore forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) had 10 rebounds
- McGriff has 11 double-doubles this season
- GU scored 25 second chance points
- Cruz and Holsworth each added seven points
- Every member of the Bison team saw playing time
- The Bison brought down 53 rebounds
- This is the fifth time this season Gallaudet had 50 or more rebounds in a game
- GU beat Berks 107-79 on the road on Jan. 29
- Today was the 20th annual Alumni Madness Day
The Bison remain at home as they host Cazenovia College (11-13, 9-7 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 21) for the last regular-season game of the season. This game was originally schedule for January 23 but got postponed due to a snowstorm in D.C. This game will mark Senior Day as the team sends off four seniors.