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Second half lead vanishes as Bison lose fifth straight

Second half lead vanishes as Bison lose fifth straight

ABINGTON, Pa. – Gallaudet University squandered a 14-point lead in the second half Wednesday night on the road against Penn St.-Abington and lost the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball game by four, 73-69.

Gallaudet (0-5, 0-2 NEAC) was on fire from three-point range in the first half as the Bison made 8-of-12 shots (66.7 percent) led by junior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) and Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.), who were 3 for 4. The team shot 60.7 percent from the field and led 44-35 at halftime. This was the first halftime lead for the Bison this season.

The Bison netted two additional 3-pointers to start the second half as they led 51-37 with 16:30 left in regulation.  Penn St.-Abington (3-3, 1-1 NEAC) slowly chipped away at the Gallaudet lead and dwindled it down to two, 56-54, at the 8:13 mark.

Mike Marvin, reigning NEAC Player of the Year, took over and scored three consecutive baskets to give the Nittany Lions a 60-58 lead to complete a 23-7 run in a 10-minute span. The junior forward led the team with 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Marvin surpassed 1,000 career points in the first half with his first basket made.

The two teams traded the lead several times and tied the game twice down the stretch. Penn St.-Abington secured the win at the free-throw line in the waning seconds as the Nittany Lions made 4-of-6 in the last 25 seconds.

GU turned the ball over 21 times in the game with 16 coming in the second half. The Bison struggled with free throws as they only made 7-of-18 in the second half (9 for 20 in the game).

Senior Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) led the Bison with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Gordon was the other Bison to reach double digits with 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Bison return home for the two-day GU Holiday Tournament being held at the Field House on Friday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 7. The Bison will square off with Maryland Bible at 4 p.m. on Friday. Lynchburg and Valley Forge Christian follow at 6 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be held at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, on Saturday afternoon.