WASHINGTON - It was a scrappy non-conference men's basketball game here Monday night in the Field House between Gallaudet University and Gwynedd Mercy University. The two teams battled for 40 minutes before the Griffins escaped with a 90-76 victory.
Gallaudet (1-8) trailed by as much as 22 points in the first half to Gwynedd Mercy (6-1) as the two teams went into halftime with the Griffins up, 56-36.
The Bison came out on fire in the second half as the Bison made their first four shots, which forced Gwynedd Mercy to call a timeout just over two minutes in. As quickly as GU went on that 10-0 run to begin the half, the Bison went cold from the field. GU missed its next 10 shots from the field, in a four-minute span, as the Griffins led 63-48. Gwynedd Mercy kept Gallaudet at an arm's length away from the lead the rest of the way. GU cut the double-digit lead to nine points, 85-76, on a 3-pointer made by freshman Rory Lewis (Frederick, Md.) at the 2:46 mark but that was as close as the Bison got. The Griffins made two more shots from the field to finish with 90 points.
Sophomore guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the first half while senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) and junior guard Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) tallied 16 points each. Kelly finished with a game-high eight assists while Valencia made three steals. Senior center Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.) recorded nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Lewis finished with nine second-half points.
Gwynedd Mercy had five players in double figures led by guard Jeff Seigafuse's 23-point game to go with six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Jordan Perkins tallied the game's lone double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
The Griffins won the Atlantic East Conference tournament last season and advanced one round in the 2019 NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament. Gallaudet lost at Gwynedd Mercy last season by 15 points, 96-81. GMU last came to the Field House on Dec. 17, 2016, and won by five points, 82-77.
- Gallaudet scored 38 points in the paint
- The Bison received 31 points from their bench led by Smith and Lewis, who combined for 27
- GU scored 19 points off 22 turnovers made by the Griffins
- Gwynedd Mercy controlled the rebounds, 51-38
- The two teams combined to make 22 3-pointers
- GMU made a season best 14 3-pointers
- GU was 1-2 during the month of December
This was Gallaudet's last game in 2019 and will next be in action on Jan. 8, 2020, at Goucher College for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.