UTICA, N.Y. – The game came down to the final seconds but at the end the Gallaudet University men's basketball team was victorious against SUNYIT on the road Sunday in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest. The Bison and Wildcats were knotted at 71 with 48 seconds left in regulation but a missed shot by SUNYIT and a made basket and key free-throws sealed the 75-71 win for Gallaudet.
The Bison (6-6, 4-0 NEAC South Division) complete their NEAC weekend road trip with two wins and remain perfect in conference play. SUNYIT (1-11, 0-2 NEAC North Division) still seeks its first conference win of the season.
Gallaudet jumped out to a 19-point lead, 38-19, with four minutes to play before halftime and took a 44-31 lead into the intermission. Senior guard Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) scored nine of his 11 points in the first half. He finished with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block to lead the Bison. Junior forward Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) came off the bench to score 20 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes played. Senior guard Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) chipped in 15 points while fellow senior forward Daniel Fava (Baltimore, Md.) had a nice game with 13 points and five boards.
The game featured five lead changes and five ties during the contest. SUNYIT took its last lead, 67-66, with 3:55 left in regulation. The Wildcats were paced by Yhashin White's 17 points followed by Alex Grimmer's 13 points, six assists, three steals and three rebound performance. Forward Derek Rowe added 12 points and five rebounds in the loss.
GU will next hit the road on Wednesday, Jan. 11, to face Lancaster Bible College at 2 p.m. in another conference game.