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GU drops back to .500 in NEAC standings after 67-51 loss at Wells

GU drops back to .500 in NEAC standings after 67-51 loss at Wells

AURORA, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team traveled to New York on Saturday for another North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game against Wells College. This time the Bison fell to the Express, 67-51, at the Farenthold Athletic Wing. GU defeated Wells, 70-65, back on Jan. 12.

The Bison (6-11, 5-5 NEAC) had a slow start against the Express (8-11, 7-5 NEAC) as the host scored the first five points of the game just two minutes in. This initial push by the Express did not phase the Bison, as they were able to knot the game up 9-9 with 15 minutes remaining before halftime. Wells controled the rest of the half as it outscored GU, 23-12, en route to taking a 32-21 lead at the break. 

The Express picked up where they left of in the first half, holding on to their double-digit lead throughout the entire half. At one point Wells led by as much as 20 points. In the final seven minutes, the Bison outscored the Express 16-12 but the comeback effort proved not to be enough as the Express went on to the 16-point victory.

Gallaudet was led by junior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) as he netted a team best 14 points as he made 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range and grabbed four rebounds. Freshman forward Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) came off of the bench to score 11 points and grab a game-high eight rebounds. Senior forward Orion Palmer (Riverside, Calif.) added seven points, six rebounds, five assists and made one block in the loss.

Jonathan Hurtado paced the Express offense as he scored a game-high 15 points as he went 6-for-8 from the field. Jonathan Bonds was the other Wells player in double figures as he scored 11 off the bench.
The Bison stay in New York and will face Keuka College tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 2) in a 1 p.m. NEAC contest.