READING, Pa. - After an emotional win last night over the defending North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball champions, one would understand if Gallaudet University would suffer a let down on Saturday. That was not the case as the Bison defeated Penn St.-Berks, 82-76, here Saturday afternoon to complete a successful 2-0 NEAC weekend.
Gallaudet (4-2, 3-0 NEAC) has now won three in a row and is in first place of the NEAC South Division heading into a busy week full of conference games.
The Bison starting five all scored in double figures led by senior center Joshua McGriff (Somerset, N.J.) who finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and one assist.
Senior guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) had a monster game with 14 points and a career best 17 rebounds, six assists and one block. Junior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) added 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist while freshman guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) poured in 12 points as he made 2-of-9 of his 3-pointers and grabbed two rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore guard Jawaun Jackson (Downey, Calif.) was the fifth Bison starter to reach double digits with 10 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Penn St.-Berks guard Darren Major led all-scorers with 29 points as he made 5-of-14 shots from 3-point range. Bab Waples contributed 25 points as he added seven assists, four steals, two rebounds and four 3-pointers for the Nittany Lions (1-4, 1-1 NEAC).
The two teams went back-and-forth early in the first half before the Bison established themselves and took the lead for good with 9:13 left in the opening half. GU took a 36-29 lead into intermission.
- Gallaudet's starting five scored 67 points, 81.7 percent of the final score
- This is McGriff's fifth double-double of the season
- 16 of Nelson's 17 rebounds were on the defensive end of the court
- Jackson's 10 points is a career best in a Bison uniform
- Gallaudet shot 53.8 percent (28-of-52) from the field
- GU outrebounded Penn St.-Berks by 17, 46-29
- The Bison blocked eight shots
- Gallaudet held a 44-20 edge in the paint
- The game featured four ties and four lead changes
- The Bison bench added 15 points to help spell the starters
- GU's largest lead of 14 points took place midway through the second half
The Bison return home to host Bryn Athyn College (2-3, 1-1 NEAC) for a conference game on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Field House.