MARCY, N.Y. – After a hard fought second half, the Gallaudet University men's basketball team fell on the road, 74-68, against SUNYIT on Saturday in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.
Gallaudet (4-10, 3-4 NEAC) was unable to keep up with SUNYIT (9-4, 4-3 NEAC) to start the first half. After knotting up the score in the first three and a half minutes at 8-8, the Wildcats were able to outscore the Bison, 20-10, over the next seven minutes to take a 28-18 lead. The Bison fought back and erased the Wildcat's lead as the teams were knotted at 30 by the 5:51 mark. The Bison kept the game close as they trailed by two, 38-36, at the half.
The Bison gained the lead only four minutes into the second half, 45-44. From there, the Bison took control and kept the lead for the next 10 minutes of the game, at one point going up by six points. SUNYIT did not quit as the Wildcats tied the game at 60 with 5:15 left in regulation. Neither team scored a field goal in the last two minutes of the game. The Wildcats scored the final six points of the game after the two teams were tied at 68.
Freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) came off of the bench to lead the Bison with a team-high 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) contributed 14 points while junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) scored 12 points. Despite shooting similar field goal and 3-point percentages, the Bison's Achilles heel this game was at the free throw line, where they shot 42.9 percent (9 of 21), incontrast SUNYIT shot 76.5 percent (13 of 17) from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats had a full team effort in the win, as five players scored in double digits. SUNYIT was lead by Alexander Drake, who dropped a game-high 17 points as well as posting five steals. Kealeel Johnson finished second with 13 points. Malcolm Jones also played a key role, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Jones was the only player to record a double-double.
The Bison remain in New York for the weekend and will play at SUNY Cobleskill tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 29) in a NEAC contest at noon.