Gal­laudet’s sea­son ends with NEAC semi­fi­nal loss



The Gal­laudet men’s bas­ket­ball team, which set a pro­gram record for wins this sea­son in pur­suit of its first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship since 1943, was up­set by Morrisville State, 72-68, in the semi­fi­nals of the North East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment on its cam­pus in North­east D.C.

The Bison fin­ished the sea­son with a 20-6 over­all record, 18-2 in NEAC play, earn­ing the right to host the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment as the top seed for the first time. One of those two reg­u­lar sea­son con­fer­ence losses, how­ever, had come against Morrisville State.

Gal­laudet, which has never qual­i­fied for the NCAA Divi­sion III tour­na­ment, had a chance to tie in the fi­nal 10 sec­onds Saturday, but a three-point at­tempt fell well short. The Mus­tangs, of Morrisville, N.Y., then con­verted 1 of 2 free throws with two sec­onds re­main­ing to seal the vic­tory.

Andy Cruz scored 25 points with 11 re­bounds for Gal­laudet in the loss. Se­nior Joshua McGriff, who ear­lier in the week was named an all-con­fer­ence player for the sec­ond time, had 11 and eight.

AMER­I­CAN 64, LOY­OLA (MD.) 62: Char­lie Jones’s only field goal in 40 min­utes on the floor was a three-poin­ter with 2.6 sec­onds left to give the Ea­gles a win in Bal­ti­more.

De­lante Jones had three threes and led Amer­i­can (8-21, 5-13 Pa­triot) with 15 points, and Matt Cimino added 12.

Cam Gre­gory scored 20 points with 12 re­bounds for the Grey­hounds (14-15, 8-10).

RHODE IS­LAND 69, VCU 59: Jared Ter­rell scored 20 points with 10 re­bounds in Kingston, R.I., and Rhode Is­land (19-9, 11-5 At­lantic 10) snapped VCU’s nine-game win­ning streak.

Jonathan Wil­liams scored 14 points for VCU (23-6, 13-3), which dropped into sec­ond place, a game be­hind No. 1 Day­ton, which it will face Wed­nes­day.

RICHMOND 70, FORD­HAM 48: De’Monte Buck­ing­ham scored 19 points with five three­p­oint­ers, and the Spi­ders (17-11, 11-5 At­lantic 10) went 27 for 54 from the field in New York.

Ant­woine An­der­son led Ford­ham (13-16, 7-9) with 16 points.

BUCKNELL 82, NAVY 60: Kim­bal Macken­zie had 18 points and seven as­sists to help the Bison (23-8, 15-3 Pa­triot League) cruise in Lewis­burg, Pa.

Hasan Ab­dul­lah led the Mids (15-15, 10-8) with 18 points, mak­ing 8 of 11 free throws.

NOR­FOLK STATE 73, HOWARD 65: Jonathan Wade hit a pair of three-point­ers down the stretch, and the host Spar­tans (1514, 12-3 Mid-East­ern Ath­letic) bounced back af­ter hav­ing their 10-game win­ning streak snapped.

Charles Wil­liams hit five three­p­oint­ers and fin­ished with 28 points to lead Howard (7-22, 4-10).

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