WASHINGTON - Freshman guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) had a game to remember here Monday against Penn College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball contest. Smith was on fire as he shot 90.9 percent from the field en route to a career best 35-point game as Gallaudet University won 87-77.
Smith made his first seven field goals before he missed a shot seven minutes into the second half. He didn't miss again as he made 10 of 11 shots, including a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range, and 11 of 12 from the free throw line in 32 minutes off the bench. Smith added three assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Gallaudet (3-13, 3-5 NEAC) had four players in double figures including Smith, junior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) netted 20 and junior center Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.) and sophomore guard Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) added 12 points each.
Penn College (2-15, 1-7 NEAC) was led by Spencer Bartron and Elijah Vazquez who scored 28 and 25 points, respectively.
Gallaudet led 34-28 at the half.
- The game featured eight lead changes and seven ties
- Gallaudet led for 25 minutes
- GU scored 27 points off 23 turnovers
- Smith scored 35 of GU's 37 bench points
- The Bison tallied 30 points in the paint
- Both teams scored 14 points each in transition
- Valencia-Biskupiak made two blocks
Gallaudet will hit the road this week and travel to Reading, Pa., this Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. to take on Penn St.-Berks (1-15, 1-6 NEAC) for the second time this season. The Bison defeated the Nittany Lions, 104-100 in double overtime, at home last Dec. 1.