Redhawks Control Offensive Glass Against Nation's Top Rebounding Team But Fall to Slippery Rock

Redhawks Control Offensive Glass Against Nation's Top Rebounding Team But Fall to Slippery Rock

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA – La Roche men's basketball (1-1) out-rebounded Slippery Rock (2-0), the top rebounding team in NCAA Division II, on the offensive glass in their 62-56 loss on Monday night. The nail-biting defeat narrowly missed a 2-0 start for the Redhawks against Division II competition.

La Roche jumped out to an early lead and entered halftime tied at 30-30 thanks to 9 first half points from Derek Barber-Richards. The Redhawks hung tough in the second half and were within 2 points late, but Slippery Rock converted their free throws to pull away in the final minute.

Lionel Perkins led the Redhawks with 13 points on 5 of 14 shooting and Derek Barber-Richards added 12 points. David Jackson finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Andre Flanigan registered 4 assists and 2 steals to go along with 6 points.

La Roche dominated the turnover battle committing just 8 turnovers while forcing 17. The Redhawks also out-rebounded Slippery Rock 17-13 on the offensive glass and drained four more 3-pointers.

La Roche men's basketball will travel to St. Vincent on Tuesday at 7:00PM before returning to the Kerr Fitness Center on Saturday for their home-opener against Geneva. The Redhawks are 5-2 against PAC competition over the past two seasons.

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