WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University men's basketball team dropped its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game of the season here Saturday afternoon to Wells College, 67-54, in the Field House.
Gallaudet (1-10, 1-1 NEAC) scored the game's first 10 points as the Bison jumped out to an early 10-0 lead just over three minutes into the game. Wells (2-8, 1-1 NEAC) battled back and took its first lead at the 8:59 mark after a Ty McBride 3-pointer gave the Express a 13-11 lead to cap a 13-1 run. The teams played close for the next six minutes as the lead exchanged hands seven times before Gallaudet recorded the final six points to take a 29-24 lead into halftime.
In the second half, GU increased its lead to six points after senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) made three consecutive free throws at the 18:21 mark. Gallaudet wouldn't score again for the next four minutes as the visitors made a move an regained the lead for good. Wells went on a 14-0 run that ended on a Jalen Feliz 3-pointer as the Express led 42-34. GU remained within striking distance for the next 10 minutes before Wells pulled away.
Valencia finished with 12 points while senior center Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.) tallied 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) was the third Bison in double figures with 10 points.
Wells had three players in double figures as 13 players saw action. Feliz, a freshman forward, provided the spark off the bench with 14 points and four steals to lead the Express. Fellow freshman guard Keian Montero matched Feliz with 14 points while junior forward Jalen Tribble recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Izaiah McPherson added six points, seven boards and two blocks in the win.
- GU held a 26-24 edge in points in the paint
- Wells outrebounded Gallaudet by seven, 45-38
- The Express scored 17 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds
- Wells' bench production doubled up Gallaudet's, 28-14
- Wells scored 21 points off 20 Bison turnovers
- Gallaudet has lost three straight
Gallaudet will host Keuka College (1-8, 0-2 NEAC) tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 12) at noon.