AURORA, N.Y. - For a second straight day, Gallaudet University had to play an overtime game but this time the Bison found themselves on the short end of the stick as they lost, 71-66, here Sunday to Wells College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball cross-divisional game.
Gallaudet (5-18, 5-9 NEAC) jumped out to a commanding 18-point lead over Wells (5-17, 4-10 NEAC) with 3:31 left in the first half, 29-11.
The Bison went into the half up 31-17.
In the second half, Wells took its first lead at the 11:11 mark when Zach D'Arpino (eight points) made a 3-pointer as the Express led 43-40.
GU regained the lead and scored its final bucket of the second half at the 2:21 mark as the Bison led 60-52.
The Express scored the next eight points, including another D'Arpino 3-pointer at the buzzer, to force overtime.
In the extra frame, the trio of D'Arpino. Jalen Tribble (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Rich Ross (19 points) scored Wells' 11 points.
Gallaudet junior center Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.) scored a career best 25 points as he made 11 of 16 shots from the field. He grabbed nine rebounds, made one block and one steal.
Four Bison reached double figures led by Valencia-Biskupiak while freshman guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) netted 12 points and passed out a game-high 10 assists off the bench. Sophomore guard Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) tallied a double-double with 11 points and game-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) added 10 points and five rebounds.
- Senior forward Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) had 10 defensive rebounds
- Sophomore guard Shawn Daniels (Lakeland, Fla.) ripped down seven rebounds
- GU held a 54-46 edge in rebounds
- The Bison scored 40 points in the paint
- Gallaudet is now 2-1 in overtime games this season
Gallaudet returns home to host Lancaster Bible College (14-9, 11-3 NEAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. on Senior Night for the Bison in the Field House on Padden Court.