BRYN ATHYN, Pa. - Gallaudet University turned a 10-point deficit midway through the second half around and seized a brief lead with 3:37 remaining before host Bryn Athyn College answered with a 3-pointer and hit late foul shots as the Bison fell, 76-70, in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball game on Saturday.
Gallaudet (2-7, 2-2 NEAC) saw its starting lineup contribute 66 of its 70 points, led by senior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.). Cruz produced his second double-double in the last three games, amassing game highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 11 of 16 from the field in 40 minutes. He contributed three assists and three steals in the setback. Bryn Athyn (5-2, 3-0 NEAC) remained unbeaten in the NEAC South Division.
The host Lions jumped out to a quick start in the first half and led 18-9 midway through the period. After GU trimmed the deficit to four (23-19), Devante Laws hit a three for the Lions as the hosts grabbed a 10-point, 29-19, with 7:57 left in the first half. The Lions pushed the lead to 13, 37-24, with 3:33 to go after a transition basket by junior guard Lamarr Crenshaw.
Gallaudet responded with an 11-0 run to end the half and make it a two-point game at the break. Cruz, sophomore guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) and junior guard Jawaun Jackson (Downey, Calif.) all reached double figures in scoring by halftime and accounted for all the points during the run, including a three by Valencia with 17 seconds left to make it a 37-35 game.
In the second half, GU kept it close until Bryn Athyn slowly expanded the margin to 10, 63-53, with 10:32 to go. The Lions led 65-59 with 5:12 to play but GU cut it to one when Valencia sank his fourth 3-point shot of the day with 4:28 left to pull within one, 65-64. Sophomore guard Trace Martin (Shingle Springs, Calif.) put GU in front, 66-65, sinking two foul shots with 3:37 to play.
GU got back in the game by holding Bryn Athyn without a field goal for a span of 7:37 late in the half and scoreless entirely for more than two and a half minutes. But junior guard Rahim Washington changed that with a three for the Lions with 3:11 left to go back on top, 68-66, hit another jumper with 2:14 left and the Lions scored their final six points at the line to ice it.
Valencia scored 16 on 6 of 13 shots and 4 of 10 3-point accuracy for GU while Jackson added 14 points.
Bryn Athyn was led by Washington with 20 points, six rebounds and five assist while Crenshaw finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Forward Christian Rivera hit 5 of 7 shots and finished with 13 points and five assists.
- Gallaudet scored 35 points in each half.
- Bryn Athyn hit nine threes in the game.
- GU is 1-5 away from home this year.
- GU still holds a 5-2 all-time mark against BAC.
Gallaudet returns to Washington on Saturday, Dec. 16, for a 4 p.m. non-conference game against cross-city rival Catholic University of America (2-4). The Cardinals play at University of Maryland Tuesday prior to meeting GU.