WASHINGTON, D.C. – It was a triumphant home opener for the Gallaudet University men's basketball team on Tuesday night before a crowd of 300 at the Field House as the Bison defeated Maryland Bible College, 80-69. The game also featured a career highlight for senior guard Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.), who entered the game needing 12 points to reach 1,000 career points.
Tatum reached the plateau mark at the 5:51 mark in the second half when he made a jump shot. The game was briefly stopped to recognize Tatum for his accomplishment. He finished the game with 15 points and a team-high three steals.
"Tony is my first recruit from my first recruiting class here at Gallaudet. So this is extra special for me to see him reach this milestone," said Gallaudet coach Jeb Barber, who began his fifth year with the Bison. "I am so proud of his hard work, his personal growth and maturity and his ability to be a leader. This senior class has really molded well and become great teachers and leaders for this team. They are setting the example for future classes to follow."
"It felt great to experience this accomplishment of reaching 1,000 career points with my teammates. More importantly, I am glad we got our first win of the season," said Tatum.
Junior Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) came off the bench and scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, a new career-high, for his first double-double of the season. Kelly made 14 of his rebounds on the defensive end of the court. Kelly was a force down low as he made 9-of-11 shots and was the beneficiary of some great passes from his teammates including some nifty passes by senior forward Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) through traffic. Seeber had an off night shooting the ball but he passed out a game-high eight assists and brought down seven rebounds to go with his five points. Three players came off the GU (1-0) bench to combine to score 39 of the team's 80 points, they included Kelly, sophomore Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) and freshman guard Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.).
Maryland Bible (0-2) was paced by Charlie Bowman's 20 points and eight rebounds while forward Kevin Taylor scored 12 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss. The Soldiers held a 48-43 rebound advantage in the game. The Bison took a 21-point lead into halftime, 41-20.
Gallaudet will hit the road this weekend for a tough non-conference tournament as the Bison travel to Annville, Pa. GU will participate in the Rinso Marquette Tournament on the campus of Lebanon Valley College from November 19-20. The Bison will go up against the host Dutchmen from Lebanon Valley at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 19.
Gallaudet coach Jeb Barber with Tony Tatum after he scored his 1,000th career point at Gallaudet