KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – A huge comeback and an overtime period did in Gallaudet University's men's basketball team on Sunday afternoon as Keuka College stormed back to a 67-63 victory between the two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) teams at Weed Gymnasium.
Gallaudet (6-12, 5-6 NEAC) held an 18-point lead in the first half and took a 38-23 lead into halftime. The Bison made 7 of 17 (41.2 percent) 3-pointers in the opening half led by junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio), who made 3 of 6 long distance shots.
The Bison held a double-digit lead the majority of the second half until six minutes remained in regulation. GU was up 53-42 before Jared Wagner (15 points) made one of his three 3-pointers down the stretch. The Bison were outscored 17-6 as Keuka (5-13, 3-10 NEAC) scored the final four points, in the waning seconds, to force overtime. Wagner hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to knot the game at 59. GU held the ball for a final shot but senior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) missed a jump shot as time expired. GU turned the ball over four times and missed four shots in the final six minutes of play.
In overtime, the Storm scored the first basket on a Trevor Healey (10 points) 3-pointer, two minutes in. Palmer went to the foul line, twice, and made four free throws to give GU a 63-62 lead. The lead didn't last as GU sent three different Storm players to the foul line where they went 5-for-6 and won the game.
Palmer led the Bison with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Coleman netted 13 points (11 in the first half). Freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) recorded 11 points and made six blocks and freshman guard Stephen Dean (Sacramento, Calif.) scored nine points off the bench.
Four different Storm players finished in double figures led by Wagner, Casey Williams (12 points), Tyler Hixson (12 points) and Healey.
GU defeated Keuka by one, 58-57, back on Jan. 11 at the Field House.
The Bison will hit the road and face Penn St.-Berks on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in a NEAC game.