FRONT ROYAL, Va. – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team picked up its first win of the 2014-15 season with a 99-41 victory over Christendom College on the road Thursday night at a spirited Crusader Gymnasium.
Gallaudet (1-1) broke open a 3-3 game with a 19-0 run in a five-minute spurt as the Bison led 19-3 with 14:04 left in the half. The Crusaders (0-4) cut the Bison lead to 11, 24-13, on two Joe McMahon (15 points, 11 rebounds) free throws but that would be as close as Christendom got in the game. Sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) threw down a monstrous dunk as the Bison led 40-21 at the 5:28 mark. GU took a 50-28 lead into halftime.
The Bison came out in the second half on fire as they put the game away early and outscored the Crusaders 49-13 en route to the 58-point win.
Junior Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) led the Bison offense with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Nelson netted 20 points, five rebounds, five steals and passed out three assists. Freshman Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) had a career best 15 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Bison. Senior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) and freshman Adam Pagan (New York, N.Y.) added nine points each while sophomore Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) netted eight points, six rebounds and three blocks. Coleman added seven rebounds as the Bison dominated the boards, 58-36. The Bison brought down 17 offensive rebounds which led to 20 second chance points.
All 13 players that dressed for the Bison played in the game as 11 scored at least one point and 12 players had at least one rebound. Gallaudet's bench netted 32 points. GU dominated the paint as it outscored the host, 48-14, and the Bison scored 25 points off 24 Crusader turnovers.
Christendom was led by Joe McMahon's 15 points and 11 rebounds while Mike McMahon scored eight points and Jake Wagner added eight.
Gallaudet has dominated the series with Christendom winning eight straight since the 2009-10 season. The two teams last faced each other two years ago in Washington, D.C., where the Bison won 77-38.
Gallaudet returns home to begin North Eastern Athletic Conference play against Penn College on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m.