WASHINGTON – North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play began for Gallaudet University and Penn College on Sunday as the two men's basketball teams faced off at the Field House where the Bison were victorious, 85-50.
Gallaudet (2-1, 1-0 NEAC) overwhelmed Penn College (0-3, 0-1 NEAC) down in the post as its outscored them 50-18 and netted 23 points off 17 turnovers and held a 38-26 edge in rebounds. GU shot 62.3 percent from the field (33 of 53), the best mark during Coach Brendan Stern's three seasons and the highest for a Bison team since Dec. 1, 2011, when they shot 64.4 percent (29 of 45) against Lancaster Bible College.
Junior Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) led the Bison with 25 points as he made 8 of 13 shots, including 5 of 9 shots from three-point range, grabbed eight rebounds, passed out five assists and had two steals. Gordon was one of four Bison in double figures as sophomores Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) and Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Senior Ben Coleman (St. Paris, Ohio) tallied 11 points as he made 3 of 5 shots from three-point range. Fellow senior Anton Jackson (Detroit, Mich.) recorded seven points and six rebounds. Junior Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) made his season debuted as he logged 18 minutes and scored four points, grabbed six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Bison had several highlight worthy plays as they threw down some acrobatic dunks. In the second half, McGriff had a nice baseline dunk to get things started early before Bonheyo lobbed a perfect alley-oop to Nelson who slammed it home at the 10:06 mark as GU led 61-37. Nelson threw down a vicious dunk in the first half as he drove the lane, threw down a tomahawk left-handed jam as the Bison increased their lead to 32-17 with 4:57 left before break. GU took a 36-20 lead into halftime.
Bryce Lonsway led the Wildcats with 11 points and three rebounds as Penn College shot 32.2 percent from the field.
The most bizarre moment came at the 7-minute mark when McGriff missed his second free throw attempt, which was rebounded by Penn College's Anthony Griffin who quickly threw the ball back up and into the wrong basket to give GU a 24-14 lead.
Gallaudet is off until Saturday, Nov. 29, when the Bison host Sarah Lawrence (1-3) in a non-conference game at 3 p.m.