MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team faced a stiff task Wednesday night on the road as it went up against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) South Division leader Penn. St.-Harrisburg. The Bison struggled to get any momentum going as Penn. St.-Harrisburg used a steady offensive attack to keep Gallaudet out of reach as the Nittany Lions won 94-74 on their Senior Night.
The Bison (10-11, 7-5 NEAC South) were led by senior guard Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) who scored a team-high 18 points and added eight rebounds. Senior forwards Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) and Daniel Fava (Baltimore, Md.) each contributed 14 points. Sophomore Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) was 2-for-3 from behind the three-point arc and finished with eight points.
Penn. St.-Harrisburg (18-5, 11-1 NEAC South) clinched the conference South Division title with the win. Junior Steve Jones scored a game-high 29 points off the bench for the Nittany Lions. Senior forward David Reisinger contributed 19 points to lead all starters while fellow senior Kenton Alston knocked down 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Bison could not slow down the Nittany Lions as their bench outscored the Gallaudet bench, 37-16. Penn St.-Harrisburg also dominated down low as it held a 64-24 advantage in points scored in the paint. GU turned the ball over 33 times, second most this season, which led to 41 points for Penn St.-Harrisburg. The Bison narrowly lost the first meeting between the two schools, 70-69, on January 18.
Gallaudet finishes up the regular-season schedule with a crucial two-game stretch against Penn. St-Abington (8-14, 5-6 NEAC South) and Penn. St.- Berks (6-13, 6-5 NEAC South), who are both in the hunt for a berth into the conference tournament.
Gallaudet will host its Senior Day vs. Penn St.-Abington this Sunday, Feb. 12, with a tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Field House. The Bison will then hit the road on Feb. 19 at Penn. St.-Berks.