COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Holding a delicate one-point lead at halftime, Gallaudet University opened the flood gates within the first minutes of the second half with a commanding 15-4 run here Saturday in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball game against SUNY Cobleskill. Junior center Josh McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) capped the run with a thundering dunk to push the Bison (6-5, 3-2 NEAC) ahead 51-39.
SUNY Cobleskill (1-12, 1-4 NEAC) wouldn't go away quietly as it slowly chipped away at the Bison lead in the second half. Fighting Tigers' junior guard Quincey Miller led the rally by scoring five points and dishing out an assist to cut the lead to four, 52-48, with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
McGriff (15 points, eight rebounds, four blocks) asserted himself inside the paint within the next three minutes, he scored the next five points along with two offensive rebounds in the process to give the Bison some breathing room. Senior Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) recorded 15 points and junior center Shawn Harrington (Frederick, Md.) continued his strong play, off the bench, with 12 points and five rebounds.
In the first leg of a critical two-game NEAC road trip, Gallaudet stumbled right out of the starting gate. SUNY Cobleskill stormed out to an early 18-7 lead before eight minutes had passed, spearheaded by Fighting Tigers sophomore guard Malik Chambers and Miller who combined for 13 points. Chambers finished with a game-high 28 points on 7 of 10 shooting and Miller added 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Tigers held the lead for 15 minutes until Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) stole a ball and drove down the court for a fast break lay-up to knot the game at 33 apiece with 1:34 left before halftime. On the ensuing possession after a missed Tigers shot, Bonheyo drove back down the court and found Gordon for a 3-pointer, which gave the Bison a lead that they would never relinquish.
- 77 points is the third-highest output of the season
- The 11-point deficit is the largest Gallaudet has come back from to win a game this season
- Gallaudet recorded a season-high 23 free throw made and 31 attempts
- Bison blocked six shots compared to zero for the Fighting Tigers
- Sophomore forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) led the team with three steals and scored nine points and seven rebounds
- The Bison bench scored 21 points
- Bonheyo added eight points, four assists and three rebounds
- Senior Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) added nine points
Gallaudet University hopes to build upon its current three-game winning streak tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 17) as the Bison complete the second leg of their road trip, going up against SUNY Poly (5-7, 4-0 NEAC) the first-place team in the NEAC North Division at noon.