WASHINGTON - It was a high-scoring affair here Sunday afternoon as Gallaudet University played host to Keuka College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's basketball game in the Field House. The Bison scored a season-high 77 points but the buff and blue came up eight points shy in an 85-77 loss.
Gallaudet (1-11, 1-2 NEAC) shot a season best 51.6 percent from the field (32 of 62) as the Bison dominated the low post and scored 44 of their 77 points in the paint. Senior center Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.) had his best game of the season as he recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) led all-scorers with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Keuka (2-8, 1-2 NEAC) led from start-to-finish as the visitors led 38-26 at the half. The Wolves led by 17 points, 55-38, midway through the second half en route to its first conference win this season.
GU used its full-court defense to get back into the game in the second half as Keuka turned the ball over 14 times. Gallaudet tallied 10 steals in the second half and trimmed the lead to five points, twice, as the last time came with the Bison down 74-69 with 2:44 left in regulation.
Keuka had four players finish in double figures led by forward Elijah Smalls' 17-point performance as he made 7 of 11 shots, including three 3-pointers. Guard Nana Oteng tallied 13 points off the bench while fellow guards James Barnes (eight rebounds) and Kyle Coffin chipped in 11 points each.
- Junior guard Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) netted 13 points off the bench
- Valencia-Biskupiak made 9 of 11 shots from the field
- GU scored 16 points off 24 turnovers by the Wolves
- Gallaudet's 16 steals in a game is a new season-high mark
- Keuka held a slight edge in rebounds, 33-30
- Both teams scored 16 points in transition
- The two benches combined for 56 points
Gallaudet remains at home and will host Penn St.-Abington (7-5, 2-1 NEAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m.