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Bison outscored in second half by Widener in loss

Gallaudet men's basketball player Cody Crace walks up the court and looks to his right towards the Gallaudet bench as he signs to his coach. Crace (center) is looking to the left in the photo and is wearing a gray jersey with navy lettering and numbers (#23).

CHESTER, Pa. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team ventured out of conference play Tuesday night to face Widener University and lost 81-57.

Gallaudet (4-13) played a strong first half and held the lead late as the teams exchanged the lead and ties several time down the stretch. Widener's Jair Williams hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the Pride a 38-37 lead at halftime.

Sophomore guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) made the first basket of the second half before the Bison went cold as Widener went on a 15-0 run to take a 52-40 lead with just under 13 minutes left.

Valencia recorded another jumper at the 6:31 mark to cut the Pride lead to single digits, 63-54, but Widener closed out the game on an 18-3 run.

GU had three players in double figures led by Valencia's 18-point game followed by freshman guard Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) and senior forward Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) who scored 16 and 13 points, respectively. Cruz grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.

Widener (9-9) was led by guard Sam Smith who scored a game-high 33 points as he made 7 of 10 shots from three-point range.


  • The game featured eight ties and six lead changes
  • GU was outrebounded by 13, 46-33
  • Gallaudet scored 17 points off 14 Widener turnovers
  • Widener outscored GU in the second half 43-20
  • The last time these two teams met was on Nov. 26, 2005 in the Gallaudet Holiday Tournament championship game that Widener won 66-61

Gallaudet (4-5 NEAC) returns home to host College of Saint Elizabeth (5-11, 2-5 NEAC) in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. It is the annual Alumni Madness day at the Field House so all Gallaudet alumni are encouraged to come out and support the Bison basketball programs.