WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team suffered its second North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss on Pink Day as they fell to Wells College, 88-82, here Saturday in front of 416.
Gallaudet (18-5, 16-2 NEAC South) trailed by 11 points, 81-70, with 1:30 left in regulation before the Bison mounted a spirited comeback. Senior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) knocked down four 3-pointers in the final minute. Nelson's last 3-point shot made erased the Express lead to four, 86-82, with 18 seconds left. Time ran out on the comeback as Nelson missed two final 3-point attempts as Wells (14-8, 11-4 NEAC North) celebrated the upset victory.
The game featured 15 lead changes and 10 ties but it was Wells who led for the majority of the game (over 25 minutes).
The game was tied at 69-69 with 3:36 left in regulation when Wells guard Rich Ross made two consecutive 3-pointers in 31 seconds. A mental lapse by Gallaudet on the ensuing possession led to a second technical foul in seven minutes. Ross made two free throws as the Express led 77-69 at the 2:33 mark.
GU was pestered by a tenacious full-court press by Wells throughout the second half. The pressure forced the Bison to turn the ball over 14 times in the second half. The turnovers became problematic for the Bison as 27 turnovers led to 40 points for the Express.
Four different Bison starters reached double figures led by Nelson's 21 points. Senior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Freshman guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) had 17 points while junior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 10 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
Ross scored a game-high 35 points, seven steals and six assists to pace the Express offense. Chris Courtney added 19 points while Anthony Nesci chipped in 13 points in the win.
GU made 41.4 percent of its shots (12-for-29) from the field in the first half as the Bison took a 31-29 lead into intermission.
- Senior center Shawn Harrington (Frederick, Md.) came off the bench to score six points and grab seven rebounds
- This is McGriff's 10th double-double of the season
- McGriff surpassed 1,300 career points today and currently has 1,312
- This was Gallaudet's first conference loss on their home court this season
- GU last lost at home on Dec. 17, 2016, to Gwynedd Mercy, 82-77
- The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak at home for the Bison
- Gallaudet combined for 14 steals tying their season-high for the fifth time this season
The Bison will return to action tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 12) as they host Keuka College (3-17, 3-12 NEAC North) at 2 p.m. in their final home game of the regular season. Prior to the start of the game the three seniors will be recognized on Senior Day.