WASHINGTON, D.C. – A strong second half propelled Gallaudet University to a 64-56 win over visiting SUNYIT in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball contest here Sunday at the Field House.
The Bison (6-8, 2-2 NEAC) went into halftime down eight, 37-29, but outscored the visiting Wildcats 35-19 in the second half to pick-up GU's first win of the 2013 calendar year. This is the second straight win for the Bison over SUNYIT in the past two seasons.
GU slowly chipped away at SUNYIT's lead in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Gallaudet used a 12-3 run, over a six-minute stretch, after the Bison knotted the game at 43 with 11:56 on the clock to takeover the game. The Bison led by nine, 55-46, and later increased the margin to 11 as they coasted to victory.
Three different Bison reached double figures in points led by senior guard Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.), who bounced back from yesterday's seven-point performance and scored 19 against SUNYIT. Seeber added five rebounds, five assists and four steals even though he made a game-high eight turnovers.
SUNYIT (2-10, 0-2 NEAC) was led by T'Andre Richardson who scored a game-high 30 points and brought down 13 rebounds for the double-double as he played the entire game. Richardson was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field in the first half where he scored 23 of his 30 points. He made his next two field goals in the second half before missing a shot in the lane at the 10-minute mark. The NCAA Division III record for consecutive made field goals in a single game is 18.
Gallaudet wraps up its three-game homestand on Wednesday night with a conference game against Lancaster Bible College. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. but has been pushed back to 8 p.m.