WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team was unable to continue its five-game win streak here Saturday as the Bison lost 82-77 to Gwynedd Mercy University in a non-conference game in the Field House.
The Bison (6-3) and the Griffins (6-2) battled fiercely throughout the entire game but with 4:30 left in the second half, a Griffins 3-pointer by Rip Engel (nine points) gave Gwynedd Mercy its largest lead of the game, 68-76.
GU refused to go quietly as it put together an 8-2 run in the final minutes of the game to pull within two, 78-76 with 56 seconds left in regulation. The Bison defense tried to stop the Griffins one last time but fell short. Griffin forward Cedric Elleby (20 points) knocked down a jump shot with 34 seconds on the clock to put the visitors up four, 80-76. Time ran out on the Bison in the end as they lost by five.
Gallaudet was led by senior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.), who went 8 of 15 from the field, to record a game-high 21 points (16 first-half points). Nelson also collected seven rebounds, dished out seven assists, made three steals and one block. Freshman guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) went 4-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc en route to 18 points. Junior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Bison on the glass with 10 rebounds and contributed 13 points to complete his fifth double-double of the season.
Gwynedd Mercy saw four players reach double-digits. Elleby led the Griffins with 20 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Courtney Cubbage added 19 points, six rebounds and a game-high six steals. Arron Goodman came off the bench with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Rich Dunham added 10 points in the win.
The defeat marks Gallaudet's first and only loss in the month of December.
- Freshman center Connor Henze (Elk Point, S.D.) came off the bench for the Bison and scored a career-high eight points and collected four rebounds
- Senior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) was limited to just 19 minutes due to foul trouble but was able to net six points, six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal
- This is the third game this season that McGriff has been held to single point totals
- Freshman forward Dalton Taylor (Austin, Texas) scored his first collegiate points of his career
- The Bison capitalized off of 16 Gwynedd Mercy turnovers that led to 18 points
- The battle between the Bison and the Griffins saw seven ties and 12 lead changes
- Gallaudet combined for five blocks, nine steals and 20 assists
- Both teams scored 38 points in the paint
- The Griffins held a 32-15 edge in bench points
- GU didn't record a field goal the final three minutes of the game
The Bison will take a holiday hiatus before they return to their home court on Saturday, Jan. 7, to compete in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game against Penn College (2-5, 0-3 NEAC). GU currently leads the NEAC South Division with a 4-0 record.