LANCASTER, Pa. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team went cold here Wednesday night against Lancaster Bible College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) showdown between the two rivals.
Gallaudet (1-7, 1-2 NEAC) shot 36.8 percent from the field (25 of 68) and went 5-for-22 (22.7 percent) from 3-point range while Lancaster Bible (4-3, 3-0 NEAC) made 55.6 percent (25 of 45) of its shots and drained 11 3-pointers as the host Chargers won 70-61.
Even with the shooting woes Gallaudet stayed in the game through the first half as the Bison only trailed by five, 32-27, at intermission.
In the second half, Lancaster Bible extended its lead to 18 points on several occassions before Gallaudet trimmed that margin in half.
Junior center Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.) scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the second half to lead the Bison upfront. Freshman guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) tallied 15 points as he made 6 of 22 shots. Junior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) had an off night as he only recorded eight points as he made 3 of 15 shots. Two Bison starters didn't register a point as four reserves recorded points for the buff and blue.
LBC's Jordan Shewbridge scored a game-high 20 points as he made five 3-pointers. Luke Beers chipped in 17 points and Britton Beachy added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Chargers shot 55.6 percent from the field (25 of 45).
- GU received 19 points from its bench
- Freshman Ke'Trez Holman (Centreville, Ala.) scored a career-high eight points
- Gallaudet scored 40 of its 61 points in the paint
- The Bison scored 21 points off 24 turnovers
- Lancaster Bible held a 36-24 edge in rebounds
- LBC leads the series 9-8
Gallaudet will return to the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 8, for a non-conference game at Gwynedd Mercy University (4-3) at 2 p.m.