With 1:12 to play in the first half last night, Gallaudet's Brian Bippus took a pass under the basket, pivoted to his left and deposited two very special points. The senior center had eclipsed the school's 25-year-old career scoring record.
He scored 24 in all against visiting Marymount, but an 18-0 early second-half run resulted in a 77-58 victory for the Arlington school and an unsettling feeling for the new record holder.
"When I came to Gallaudet, it was my dream to have this record," Bippus said. "I never told anyone. Tonight I tried to do everything myself, but we had to play as a team."
Bippus, now with 1,692 points, bettered the 1,677 by Kevin Milligan (1961-66).
Gallaudet fell to 8-8, 1-4 in the Division III Capital Athletic Conference. Marymount is 9-9, 4-1.
Bippus made the first points of the second half for Gallaudet, a layin to give the Bison a 37-32 lead. Then the Saints rallied, led by successive three-pointers by John Somoylo and Scott Benson. A Benson turnaround jumper ended the run, with the Bison suddenly trailing 50-37.
With 10 minutes left, Bippus drove for another layup, missed and tipped in the errant shot before he landed, cutting the deficit to eight. But a pair of three-pointers by Pierre Gardner (team-best 24 points) kept the Bison from getting closer than nine.
"They just outplayed us," said Gallaudet Coach James DeStefano. "They used four guards in the second half, and their quickness caused us to fall apart."
The Bison also committed several turnovers on sloppy passes in the second half, putting a halt to any run they hoped to start.
Gallaudet had a pair of spurts in the first half, en route to a three-point lead at intermission. An 11-2 run to end the half featured Bippus's record-setting points. Perched in the lane, he received a pass from Anthony Jones, then was fouled by Robert Spencer on the layin. His free throw gave him 12 points.
Bippus also had six first-half rebounds, but Marymount's switch to a zone defense neutralized the center. He finished with nine rebounds.
"He rebounded well," DeStefano said. "No one else" did.
The coach credits Bippus's success to his intense offseason regimen following his sophomore year.
"He worked hard that summer and has been terrific since," he said. "It's been fun coaching him four years. He's so dedicated to his game."
Marymount (77) -- Spencer 4, Falkenhagen 2, Coto 2, Gardner 24, Somoylo 17, Kirby 2, Benson 12, Garnett 6, Auch 4, Harris 2, Kuhblank 2. Totals 30 12 77.
Gallaudet (58) -- Schwall 4, Verner 5, Bippus 24, Segala 6, Jones 15, Weitmann 4. Totals 20 17 58.
Halftime: Gallaudet, 35-32.
Three-point goals: Marymount 5 (Gardner, Somoylo 2, Benson 2); Gallaudet 1 (Bippus).