WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's basketball team celebrated its first win of the 2015-16 season and the first in the Coach Kevin Kovacs era as the Bison defeated Eastern Mennonite University, 68-60, here Tuesday night before a boisterous Field House crowd.
After several near misses this season to claim its first win, Gallaudet (1-4) held onto its lead down the stretch and put the game away at the free throw line.
Eastern Mennonite (3-3) cut the Gallaudet lead to two, 62-60, on a Christian Hansen layup at the 2:10 mark. The Bison answered back with a nice post spin move by junior center Shawn Harrington (Frederick, Md.) before senior guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) and Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) knocked down two free throws each to ice the game.
Gordon finished the game with a game-high 20 points as he made 5 of 9 from 3-point range and grabbed five rebounds. Junior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) scored a season best 19 points (7 of 9 from the field) as he ripped down five boards and blocked two shots. Bonheyo added nine points, three rebounds and two assists.
The Royals had four players in double figures led by Jerome Jones' 16 points, seven rebounds and four asssists.
GU shot 60.9 percent from the field (14 of 23) in the first half which included going 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Gordon made 4 of 5 from long range in the first half as the Bison took a 36-32 lead into halftime.
In the second half, McGriff brought the fans to their feet with a monsterous dunk as GU led 42-38. Gallaudet held an 11-point lead, 58-47, with 7:10 left in regulation before the Royals went on an 13-4 run to cut the margin to two, 62-60.
- Sophomore Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded 10 rebounds to go with six points and six assists
- The Bison scored 32 points in the paint while the Royals only scored 10
- GU scored 16 points off 18 EMU turnovers
- Gallaudet held a 9-8 edge in bench points
- The game was tied four times and saw five lead changes in the first half
- GU scored 11 second chance points to the Royals three
Gallaudet will remain at home on Saturday, Dec. 12, when it hosts the University of Valley Forge (2-6) at 4 p.m. in a non-conference game.