HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team began the 2016-17 season with a 76-71 overtime victory over Bridgewater (Va.) College here Friday night at Eastern Mennonite University in Yoder Arena.
Freshman guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) made quite the debut as he poured in 27 points to go with four steals and two rebounds. Valencia made 9 of 16 shots from the field and went 7-for-13 from 3-point range. Junior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) added 21 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Senior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Senior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) added 11 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals off the bench.
Gallaudet (1-0) battled back in the second half and tied the game at 61 with 2:37 left in regulation with a McGriff made free throw. Valencia made a 3-pointer at the 1:54 mark as GU led 64-61. Bridgewater knotted the game at 64 thanks to three free throw attempts made. The Bison had a shot to win it in regulation but Valencia turned the ball over with 11 ticks left on the clock.
In the extra period, Nelson started things with a 3-pointer before Cruz made back-to-back baskets. McGriff put the exclamation point on the game with a dunk with only 22 seconds left as GU led by five, 76-71.
Bridgewater (0-1) jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead to begin the game and led 26-12 midway through the first half. The Eagles led by as much as 16 points, 41-25, with 1:27 left in the opening half. Gallaudet trailed 41-30 at halftime.
Bridgewater was led by Bryce Boggs' 28-point performance as he made 8 of 19 shots from the field and 11 of 16 from the free-throw line. Kevin Saylor added 20 points in the overtime loss for the Eagles.
Eastern Mennonite defeated Methodist University in the nightcap 84-75.
- Gallaudet outscored Bridgewater 32-22 in the paint
- GU held a 45-39 edge in rebounds
- The Bison shot 42.6 percent (26 of 61) from the field and 41.7 percent (10 of 24) from 3-point range
- Gallaudet scored 17 points off second chance opportunities
- The game featured six ties and five lead changes
Gallaudet will face the host Royals of Eastern Mennonite University (1-1) tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 19) at 3 p.m.