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Valencia nets 34 in Battle of D.C. & Maryland opening round

GU men's basketball guard Noah Valencia dribbles the basketball up the court.

FREDERICK, Md. - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team fell, 73-66, here Friday night to Hood College in the Battle of D.C. & Maryland being hosted by Hood in the BB&T Arena.

Gallaudet (0-2) led Hood (4-0) for the majority of the first half and early in the second half before the Blazers rallied to win by seven points. GU's largest lead was seven, 21-14, midway through the first half. Senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) made one of his seven 3-pointers in the game. He finished with a game-high 34 points as he made 13 of 25 shots from the field and grabbed six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The two teams were tied, 28-28, at the half.

In the second half, Valencia scored 18 of his 34 points as he made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range. Two of those buckets came in the opening minute as Gallaudet jumped back out to a seven-point lead, 35-28.

The Bison held the lead until Hood knotted the game at 48 and went on an 8-0 run to take a 53-48 lead. The Blazers pulled away in the closing minutes to secure the opening round win.

Sophomore guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) was the other Bison in double figures with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Hood had three players in double digits, as the Wang brothers (Mason and Evan) led the way with 14 points each.

St. Mary's College of Maryland (1-2) defeated The Catholic University of America (0-2) in the earlier Friday evening game as the Seahawks won, 65-49.


  • Gallaudet scored 26 points in the paint
  • Hood held a 25-10 edge in bench points
  • The Blazers scored 23 points off 22 GU turnovers
  • GU was outrebounded, 39-36
  • The Bison scored 18 second-chance points
  • The two teams combined to make 19 3-pointers
  • Hood went to the free throw line 34 times and made 25 of those shots

Gallaudet will face Catholic in the consolation game of the Battle of D.C. & Maryland tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at 1 p.m.