MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – It was a tough North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) loss for Gallaudet University on the road Saturday against Penn St.-Harrisburg as the Nittany Lions won the men's basketball game 82-78.
Gallaudet (6-3, 3-1 NEAC) had a chance in the final seconds to tie or take the lead but a turnover after two missed free throws by Penn St.-Harrisburg (3-5, 3-1) cost the Bison the game. The Nittany Lions used a 24-4 run, in a span of seven minutes, late in the second half to take a 77-69 lead with 1:33 left in the game.
The Bison cut the Penn St.-Harrisburg lead to two, 80-78, when junior guard Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) made his third and final 3-pointer in the game with 15 seconds left in regulation. GU sent Nittany Lion guard Jordan Gatchell to the free-throw line for two shots. The sophomore missed both shots as Bison junior guard Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) came down with a key rebound on the second miss. Gatchell made up for the missed shots with a steal on a Tatum turnover. Gatchell went the other direction and sealed the game with a layup with a few seconds left. The loss is the first in the NEAC for the Bison since they joined the conference last summer.
Tatum led the Bison with 21 points and six rebounds while McMillan finished with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) added 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the loss. The two other Bison in double figures included senior guard Luther Weedon (Walkersville, Md.) and sophomore forward Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) who chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Gatchell led the Nittany Lions with 22 points and six rebounds. Kenny Stone (five rebounds, four assists) and Kenton Alston (eight rebounds) scored 19 points each for Penn St.-Harrisburg.
The two teams were tied at 34-34 at halftime.
Gallaudet will close out the first half of its 2010-11 season next Sunday, December 19, on the road against conference foe Penn St.-Berks. The game is slated to tip at 5 p.m.