WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University came out of halftime firing on all cylinders here Wednesday against Penn St.-Abington in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball game at the Field House. The Bison used a 16-3 run in four minutes to break open a game that was knotted at 42 en route to an 88-69 victory.
Gallaudet (9-5, 6-2 NEAC) has won six straight dating back to Jan. 7. In fact, the last team to defeat the Bison was Penn St.-Abington (3-12, 3-5 NEAC) on Jan. 5.
After the Nittany Lions shot 55.6 percent from the field (15 of 27) and 63.6 percent from 3-point range (7 of 11) in the first half, the Bison clamped down on defense to the tune of 33.3 percent field goal shooting (11 of 33) and 28.6 percent from 3-point range (4 of 14) as Gallaudet outscored them 46-27 in the second half.
Penn St.-Abington cut the Gallaudet lead to six points, 70-64, with 6:40 left in the second half but that was as close as the Nittany Lions got.
Junior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) and junior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) threw down several monster dunks as GU closed the game on an 18-5 spurt to lock up the ninth win of the season.
McGriff finished the game with 22 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs, and two blocks while senior guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) had his second consecutive double-double with 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Five different Bison recorded double-digit point totals.
Penn St.-Abington was led by Devin Jones' team-high 19 points and senior guard Yusef Savage's double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds). Sophomore guard Spencer Bartron added 18 points on six out of nine shooting from 3-point land.
- McGriff's double-double was his fifth of the season
- Nelson finished with 13 points, six assists and two steals off the bench
- Senior guard Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) had 12 points and is only 41 points away from 1,000 career points in a Gallaudet uniform
- Junior center Shawn Harrington (Frederick, Md.) had his fifth game with double-digit points, finishing with 10 points off the bench
- Sophomore forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) had nine points and seven rebounds
- The Bison finished with a favorable 46-24 advantage in points scored in the paint
- Gallaudet also had a 14-4 advantage over Penn St.-Abington both in second chance and fast break points
- 12 Bison saw valuable playing time on the court
- Tonight's game was originally scheduled for Jan. 26 but was moved back one day due to clean-up efforts of last weekend's snowstorm
Gallaudet hits the road this weekend and will play two key NEAC South Division games. The Bison will go up against Penn St.-Berks (6-9, 6-3 NEAC), currently third in the South Division, before traveling to NEAC South Division leader Lancaster Bible College (15-0, 8-0 NEAC) on Saturday.