YORK, Pa. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team played its final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Sunday and fell to the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks, 77-66.
Gallaudet (0-2) trailed the Ducks (1-1) by a mere five points, 38-33, at halftime after playing back and forth throughout the first. Gallaudet experienced a scoring slump midway through the second half and Stevens was able to gain a comfortable lead, 54-40. Stevens continued to pull away and had 20-point lead, the largest of the game, at the 7:47 minute mark. The Bison cut down the deficit to 66-53 after a series of 3-point plays. Although the Bison defense was aggressive throughout the game (12 team steals) the Ducks defense was stronger as the Bison gave up the ball on 19 different occasions.
Freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J) had another great performance, a day after his first double-double as a Bison, as he recorded 21 points shooting 9-of-13 from the field in addition to nine rebounds and a game-high three blocks. McGriff was named to the all-tournament team.
Junior guard Anton Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) had 18 points, including two 3-point field goals. Junior forward Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) and sophomore guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) pitched in 10 points each. Freshman guard Stephen Dean (Sacramento, Calif.) recorded games highs of six steals and six assists.
Stevens was led by Andrew Meszaros with 13 points and seven rebounds and Evan Klimchak tallied 17 points, two steals, two assists and two rebounds.
The Bison will travel to Hood College on Thursday, Nov. 21, for a non-conference game at 8 p.m.