WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team dropped its first home game of 2013 on Saturday with a 61-56 setback against visiting Cazenovia College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest at the Field House.
The Bison (5-8, 1-2 NEAC) led by as much as 10 points, twice in the first half, but surrendered the lead heading into halftime and had to play from behind in the second half. GU briefly regained the lead, 43-42, with 13 minutes left in regulation but couldn't increase that margin. The Bison tied the game twice before the Wildcats (4-6, 1-1 NEAC) pulled away.
Junior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) scored a career best 27 points as he made 11-of-14 shots including one three-pointers. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and made one steal. Sophomore forward Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) added eight points while senior guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) was held to just seven points, seven assists, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. The seven-point game is Seeber's second lowest total of the season and it snapped a six-game streak where he scored 20 or more points.
Cazenovia freshman guard Jim Atkinson came off the bench to hit six three-pointers and lead with the Wildcats with a career-high 19 points, four steals and two assists. Forward Matt Perry added 14 points while teammate Meech Drayton chipped in 13.
The Wildcat defense held the Bison to a season low 56 points even though GU shot better than Cazenovia from the field 44.4 percent to 37.5 percent. The Wildcats held a 37-29 edge on rebounds and scored 27 points off 23 Bison turnovers.
The Bison will host SUNYIT (2-5, 0-1 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 6) in another NEAC game at noon.