TOWSON, Md. - It was a fantastic start for the Gallaudet University men's basketball team here Wednesday afternoon as the Bison jumped out to a 10-2 lead against Towson University before 1,137 at the SECU Arena. The Tigers roared back and cruised in the second half to a 88-45 victory over the Bison, who hail from the Division III ranks. Towson has won 11 straight against Gallaudet as the two teams met for the first time since Jan. 25, 1971.
Gallaudet (0-2) made two 3-pointers early from senior Brandon Holsworth (Beal Cit, Mich.) and senior guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) hit a jumper to give the visitors a 10-2 lead at the 15:32 mark. The Bison kept up the pressure and hung with the Division I program for the majority of the first half.
"We really started great," said Gallaudet men's basketball first-year coach Kevin Kovacs. "We limited them to one shot [made] on offense early and that was a key to our game plan."
Senior guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) hit a jumper as the shot clock time expired to increase Gallaudet's lead to 18-14 with 8:46 left in the opening half.
Towson (3-3) went on a 21-3 run over the course of the next six minutes as the Tigers gained the lead for good. The Tigers took a 35-23 lead into halftime.
"They were up 10-2. Give them credit. Coach Kovacs had them ready to play. I thought they did a good job, especially playing up a level in competition," said Towson men's basketball fifth-year coach Pat Skerry. "What Gallaudet does personifies what you want out of athletics and sports. They play through adversity every day and battle."
In the second half, the Tigers shot 65.6 percent from the field (21 of 32) and made four 3-pointers as they outscored the Bison 53-22.
Gordon led the Bison with 11 points while junior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Towson had five different players in double figures led by Mike Morsell's 16 points.
- Gallaudet led for 10 minutes and 30 seconds in the first half
- Towson outscored Gallaudet 46-28 in the paint, scored 21 fast break points
- The Tigers' bench scored 30 points
- GU shot 36.7 percent from the field (18 of 49) and made 3 of 10 3-pointers
- Gallaudet's last win in this series was Jan. 13, 1965 (Gallaudet 76, Towson 54)
- Towson's 11 straight wins is the longest streak in the 45-game series history
- Gallaudet won 10 straight from 1959-1965
- Towson leads the all-time series 23-22
- The first game of this series was January 12, 1940 (Towson 30, Gallaudet 29)
"I told them I was really proud of them for playing so hard for most of the game and for representing Gallaudet University so well. Our shots didn't fall in the second half as they turned up the pressure on us." - Kevin Kovacs, Gallaudet men's basketball coach
Gallaudet will travel to St. Mary's (Md.) College (2-2) on Saturday, Nov. 28, for a non-conference tilt.