WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team held on to defeat North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival Penn St.-Harrisburg, 56-46, on Wednesday night in the Field House before a crowd of 225. The win is critical for Gallaudet (10-13, 6-6 NEAC South), who is making a late push for the conference playoffs.
Bison senior center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) reached a memorable milestone in the win as he reached the 1,000-point club when he made a jump shot on the left side of the basket at the 14:26 mark in the second half. Once Kelly reached that milestone the pressure was off as he scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the final 14 minutes of play to help the Bison to victory. He has now accumulated 1,011 career points at GU in 75 games since 2009.
Penn St.-Harrisburg (10-13, 7-5 NEAC South) got back into the game after a media timeout at the 11:28 mark with GU up 42-33, its largest lead to that point in the game. The Nittany Lions went on a 13-4 run to knot the game at 46 with just over four minutes left in regulation.
Kelly and junior Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) used their height advantage against the Nittany Lions down the stretch to score the next eight points. Palmer finished the game with his sixth double-double as he scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and made a career-high four blocks (three in the final three minutes of play) and five assists.
Penn St.-Harrisburg's final field goal made in the game came at the 6:44 mark in the second half. The Nittany Lions missed their final seven shots and turned the ball over five times. Guards Jordan Gatchell and Alberto De los Santos scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, to pace the Nittany Lion offense.
The Bison led 32-25 at halftime after GU shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the field in the first half. GU snaps a three-game losing streak against Penn St.-Harrisburg as the win marks the first since a 68-64 victory at home on Feb. 12, 2011.
The Bison will next travel to conference foe Penn St.-Abington (10-12, 8-3 NEAC South), this Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Penn St.-Abington is currently tied with Penn St.-Berks for first-place in the NEAC South Division.