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Strong second half comeback by GU falls short against NEAC's top team

Strong second half comeback by GU falls short against NEAC's top team

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team came out of halftime on fire and erased a double digit deficit to take a lead over Lancaster Bible College, the top team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), on Wednesday. The two teams were in a close battle for the remainder of the game before the host Chargers came away with a 66-61 win.

Gallaudet (6-16, 5-10 NEAC) was down 39-28 after the first 20 minutes of play against Lancaster Bible (13-7, 11-2 NEAC). Sophomore guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half to pace the Bison.

In the second half, freshman Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) got going as he made 4-for-8 shots from the field for 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had two blocks. Junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) sank three 3-pointers as he finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Chargers made their final field goal at the 2:10 mark in the second half as LBC led 63-56. The Bison, the second ranked defense in the conference, didn't give up as freshman guard Stephen Dean (Sacramento, Calif.) came up with a steal and made a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in regulation.  Trevor Marsh made the front end of his two free throw shots, McGriff came down with the defensive rebound and seconds later made a layup as GU trailed by three, 64-61, with 12 seconds left. The Chargers added two final free throws in the waning seconds as GU missed two shots at the end.

The two teams split the season series as GU defeated LBC by 14 points, 73-59, at home on Jan. 28. Since that victory the Bison, who have been hampered by injuries, have lost six straight.

LBC had three players in double figures led by Albert Suniga's 16 points, forward CJ Dunston recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while guard Naheer Mirza chipped in 11.

The Bison return home for their final regular-season game at the Field House on Saturday, Feb. 15, against Penn St.-Abington (12-9, 9-5 NEAC) at 1 p.m.