LANCASTER, Pa. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team accomplished something no other North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) team has been able to do in two seasons. The Bison handed Lancaster Bible College a regular-season conference loss for the first time in 28 games here Friday night before a stunned crowd of 576.
A determined Bison squad erased several bad memories of playing at the Horst Athletic Center with a 73-56 triumph over the host Chargers.
The loss snaps a 27-game NEAC winning streak for the Chargers dating back to Jan. 31, 2015, when Gallaudet beat Lancaster Bible, 64-46. The home defeat is the first for Lancaster Bible at the Horst Athletic Center in nearly three years. The Chargers had a 31-game home winning streak dating back to Dec. 16, 2013. LBC's last home NEAC regular-season loss took place on Jan. 13, 2013, when Penn St.-Abington won 68-59. LBC is an impressive 52-4 in NEAC games since the start of the 2013-14 season.
Gallaudet (3-2, 2-0 NEAC) won for the first time at the Horst Athletic Center in four tries. The Bison last won here on Dec. 8, 2012, with a 71-60 win over the Chargers.
Senior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) led the way with a 24-point performance to go with a game-high 16 rebounds and three blocks. This is McGriff's fourth double-double of the season.
Senior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) reached the 20-point plateau as he made 8-of-13 shots from the field to go with eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in 37 minutes of action. Junior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) was the third Bison in double figures with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Lancaster Bible (1-3, 1-1 NEAC) was paced by Herbie Brown and Brett Cataudella with 12 points each in the Chargers' home opener. The Chargers, the defending NEAC champions, struggled from 3-point range as they only made 3-of-35 attempts (8.6 percent).
The game went back-and-forth in the first half as it featured six lead changes and six ties. GU took a 34-31 lead into halftime. The Bison opened up the game in the second half and led by double digits for the final eight minutes of play.
- Freshman guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) added nine points and three rebounds
- Four other Bison players recorded two or fewer points in the win
- GU shot 47.4 percent for the game and 55.6 percent (15-of-27) in the second half from the field
- The Bison controlled the low post with 50 points in the paint as they fed McGriff and Cruz along with a dashing Nelson, who made his way to the basket
- LBC scored 21 points off 23 GU turnovers
- Gallaudet's largest lead was 18 points in the waning seconds
- GU had 10 fast break points
GU wraps up its weekend road trip tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 3) at 3 p.m. against NEAC foe Penn St.-Berks (1-3, 1-0 NEAC).