LANCASTER, Pa. – All good things must come to an end, even Gallaudet University's 10-game winning streak. The consecutive win mark, a new school record, went up in smoke Friday night as Lancaster Bible College, the top men's basketball team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), rolled to a 92-60 win before 603.
Gallaudet (17-6, 13-4 NEAC) suffers its first loss on the road this season in eight tries. Any chance for the Bison to secure the top-seed in the upcoming NEAC tournament was erased by the setback. Lancaster Bible (22-2, 16-1 NEAC), whose lone conference loss came to Gallaudet on Jan. 31, will host the NEAC tournament next weekend. The Bison are locked into the NEAC South Division No. 2 seed and will host a first-round game at the Field House on Tuesday night.
The Bison ran into a hot shooting team as the Chargers made 63.6 percent (35 of 55) of their shots from the field. Lancaster Bible made an eye-popping 76.2 percent (16 of 21) in the first half as four of its five missed field goals came from three-point range. The Chargers made 54.2 percent (13 of 24) of their shots from three-point range in the game.
Lancaster Bible jumped out to a 23-11 lead midway through the first half before Gallaudet mounted a comeback on a 13-0 run to take its only lead, 24-23, with 6:57 left before the half. The Chargers responded with their own run and led 45-29 at intermission. The host team put the game away in the second half as it outscored the visitors by 16 points, 47-31.
Junior forward Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) and sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) led the team with 14 points each. Senior guard Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) added six points in the loss.
GU, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III for field-goal percentage defense (36.5 percent), struggled creating turnovers as the Bison only had six steals, one block as Lancaster finished the game with 14 turnovers that led to 22 Bison points. Gallaudet had a hard time containing Naheer Mirza (24 points) as he made 8 of 10 shots from three-point range and CJ Dunston (22 points, five rebounds), who only missed one of his 11 shots from the field.
The 32-point loss is the worst for GU in five years, when it dropped an 81-46 decision to Wesley College on Feb. 13, 2010. The 92 points scored against GU is the most this season by an opponent. The previous school mark for consecutive wins in a row was eight set by the 1916-17 team, a 98-year-old record.
Gallaudet closes out the regular-season schedule tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 21) at Penn St.-Berks (7-16, 7-10 NEAC) for a 3 p.m. conference game.