WASHINGTON, DC—The men went first in a conference
doubleheader against St. Mary’s College at the Field House
tonight. St. Mary’s won, 86-83.
During the first half, Bison guard Lance Gonzalez lit up the Seahawk defense for 17 points, making 5 of 8 three-pointers. St. Mary’s Tyson Lesesne had 14 points to pace the visitors. At one point, the Bison were looking at a 9-point deficit early on that they evened during a 9-0 run off some of Gonzalez’s long shots. St. Mary capitalized on a speed offense, breaking away to take an eight-point lead to the locker rooms at halftime 44-36.
When play resumed, the Seahawks began to distance their lead, 51-40 before the Buff and Blue came back to within 6, 51-45. The Buff and Blue persevered, overcoming a large deficit and cutting it to 6 points, 76-70 near the 3-minute mark.
Within the remaining minutes, the following would transpire:
A pair of Seahawk fouls in succession sent Chi Ming Pun and Onye Davis to the line, where they made it a three-point game, 76-73.
After a Seahawk basket, Davis answered with a three-pointer to cut the lead to two with 1:43 remaining.
Jon Mowl then sank another trey to tie the game 79-79.
Seahawk Tyson Lesesne responded for the visitors with a trey to put St. Mary on top again, 82-79.
Mowl sank a pair of free throws to bring the Bison to within
one, 82-81, prompting a St. Mary’s time-out with 25.7 seconds
on the clock.
Lesesne was fouled and sent to the line, where he made one of two free shots, adding another point to the visitors’ lead 83-81 with 15.6 seconds left in regulation.
Alex Franz was fouled, and made one more shot to give St. Mary a three-point advantage.
Jon Mowl was then fouled by Mike Smelkinson, giving the Bison a trip to the charity stripe. Mowl sank both shots, with Gallaudet down one, and 1.8 seconds to go. Lesesne was fouled again, draining the ensuing pair of free shots to pad the Seahawk lead 86-83.
Gallaudet’s desperation buzzer-beater missed its target, giving the Seahawks a win. Tonight, St. Mary snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Buff and Blue starters all finished in double figures. Lance Gonzalez finished with a team-high 23 points, followed by Jon Mowl’s 19. Chi Ming Pun added 14, while Onye Davis and Johnny Jackson each had 11. The pair also led the Bison rebounding effort with 6 apiece. Freshman Dan Fava rounded out Gallaudet’s scoring with five points. Mowl had a game-high 6 assists and 3 steals (Gonzalez also had 3 pick-offs).
St. Mary’s Tyson Lesesne had a game-high 30 points, with Mike Bowden and Calvin Wise each adding 10.
The Bison travel to York, Pa. in continuing conference play on Saturday, January 19. They will face the Spartans of York College at 8 p.m. in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center.
Johnny Jackson goes up for a layup against a Seahawk defender.
Lance Gonzalez drives the lane for two of his 23 points. He has scored team-highs two games in a row.
Onye Davis as he releases the buzzer-beater shot that would miss its mark.