WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University's men's basketball defense could not slow down the Prairie Wolves from Nebraska Wesleyan University here Sunday afternoon in the Field House on Padden Court. The visiting Prairie Wolves were unstoppable from outside as they made 18 of 36 shots from 3-point range en route to a 99-77 victory.
Gallaudet (2-9) dropped its fourth straight game this month as it only made 28.6 percent of its shots in the first half and trailed 43-27 at the break. In the second half, GU played a more even game as it made 58.1 percent of its shots and went 6-for-12 from 3-point range. The Bison were outscored 56-50 in the second half by the Prairie Wolves (9-0).
Nebraska Wesleyan, a West Region powerhouse and NCAA tournament tested program, demonstrated why they are one of the top 3-point shooting programs in Division III and also the top team in the country for assists per game. The Prairie Wolves assisted on 32 of its 37 shots made from the field.
GU had three players in double figures led by sophomore guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.), who scored 21 points and made five 3-pointers. Senior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds, made two steals and one block. Freshman guard Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) scored a career best 15 points as he made a team best six assists and five steals.
NWU's Cooper Cook scored a game-high 24 points as he made 10 of 18 shots from the field including four 3-pointers. He added eight rounds, five assists, two steals and one block. Patrick Sullivan led the Prairie Wolves bench with 14 points as he made all four of his shots from long range before he fouled out. Four different Prairie Wolves reached double figures for points while Ryan Garver passed out a game-high 10 assists and Deion Wells-Ross recorded a double-double with 11 points, 16 rebounds and five assists.
This was Nebraska Wesleyan's second time playing at Gallaudet. The Bison upset the nationally-ranked Prairie Wolves back during the 1989-90 season in overtime, 78-75, when Nebraska Wesleyan was ranked No. 13th in the country. That season the Prairie Wolves finished the season 22-7 and lost in the NCAA West/Midwest sectional.
- Junior Cody Crace (Westfield, Ind.) scored a career-high eight points, four rebounds and two blocks
- Junior center Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) grabbed eight rebounds
- GU finished the month of December with a 1-4 mark
- The all-time series between GU and NWU is now 1-1
Gallaudet is off until the New Year when the Bison (2-2 NEAC) will travel to Lancaster, Pa., on Jan. 9, 2018, to face Lancaster Bible College (7-2, 4-0 NEAC) in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game.