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GU can't slow Marymount in season opener

GU men's basketball player Rory Lewis holds a basketball as he drives the lane against Marymount University

WASHINGTON - It was a season opener the Gallaudet University men's basketball team would like to forget. The Bison couldn't slow down a deep and talented Marymount (Va.) University squad here Tuesday night in the Field House as the Saints overwhelmed GU and won in convincing fashion, 90-36.

Gallaudet (0-1) made its first basket then missed its next five chances as Marymount jumped out to a 15-2 lead just over four minutes into the game. The Saints continued to push the tempo while the Bison struggled to make a shot.

Marymount (1-0) shot 64.7 percent from the field (22-for-34) in the first half and held a commanding 61-18 lead at halftime. Gallaudet only made 7 of 24 shots (29.2 percent) and struggled from 3-point range (1-for-10).

Unfortunately for the Bison the second half was more of the same.

The Saints emptied its bench as 13 different players saw action in the game. MU, who has 23 players on its roster, received 57 points from its bench players.

GU regressed in the final 20 minutes of play as the Bison only made 6 of 24 shots (25.0 percent) and went 1-for-9 from 3-point range.

Senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) led the Bison with 11 points, three assists and one steal. Sophomore guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) added 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and one block. Freshman Rory Lewis (Frederick, Md.) led Gallaudet with seven rebounds (six defensive boards).

Marymount was paced by sophomore guard Xavier Reaves' 17-point and five-steal game off the bench. The Saints recorded 39 points off 27 Bison turnovers, tallied 46 points in the paint and scored 24 fast break points. MU outscored Gallaudet 29-18 in the second half.


  • GU has lost three straight season openers
  • The Bison last won a season opener on Nov. 18, 2016 in the EMU Tip-Off Invitational as GU defeated Bridgewater (Va.), 76-71, in overtime
  • Gallaudet has dropped four straight home openers
  • GU last won a home opener on Dec. 8, 2015, when it defeated Eastern Mennonite University, 68-60
  • This was Gallaudet's worst loss since a 64-point loss (122-58) to No. 1 ranked Whitman College on Nov. 18, 2017
  • This was the first time Gallaudet has played Marymount since the two teams were in the Capital Athletic Conference during the 2009-10 season
  • Both teams are in different conferences now
  • Marymount won the last meeting, 77-69, on Jan. 23, 2010 in the Field House

GU will participate in the Battle of D.C. & Maryland this weekend at Hood College in Frederick, Md. The Bison will go up against the host Blazers (2-0) on Friday night (Nov. 15) at 8 p.m.