CLARION, PA – La Roche men's basketball (1-0) overcame a 14 point halftime lead and Lionel Perkins nailed a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left to lift the Redhawks to a 55-54 upset win over Clarion University (0-2) in the season-opener on Thursday night. The victory is their first against a NCAA Division II opponent.
La Roche trailed 43-29 with 15:51 left before going on a 16-3 run to get within a point. Clarion followed with five straight points but Perkins converted a three-point play and Joel McIntosh hit a lay-up to tie it. The Golden Eagles hit two free throws with 27 seconds to go before Perkins' heroics ended it.
Perkins led all scorers with 17 points and went 4 for 8 from 3-point range. Joel McIntosh finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Andre Flanigan recorded all 8 of his points in the second half. David Jackson and Jean Freeman each registered 6 rebounds in the win.
The Redhawks outrebound Clarion 40-33 and outscored them by twelve in the second half. La Roche also shot 56% in the second frame while holding the host Golden Eagles to just 31%.
La Roche will look to extend their win-streak on Monday, November 19 at 7:00PM when they travel to Division II opponent Slippery Rock.
Notes: La Roche College Athletics would like to thank Clarion University for holding a moment of silence for Coach Scott Lang. Scott played for the Golden Eagles from 1991-1992.