PITTSBURGH, PA – La Roche men's basketball (5-6) nearly overcame a 14-point halftime deficit in a 75-65 loss to Carnegie Mellon (2-7) on Thursday night in their final non-conference game. The loss snaps a 2-game win-streak against the Tartans.
The Redhawks opened the second half on a 12-0 run to cut a 40-26 halftime deficit to just 2 points. Joel McIntosh silenced the crowd with two consecutive put-back layups and Lionel Perkins followed with a pretty up-and-under and two free throws.
Perkins and Torin Smith answered a pair of Carnegie Mellon baskets with big three-pointers but the Tartans went on a 10-2 run and converted their foul shots down the stretch.
McIntosh was dominant inside, finishing with 21 points and 15 rebounds. In 35 minutes, he made 7 of 11 shots from inside the paint and from the foul line. David Jackson netted 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks and Perkins added 13 points. Derek Barber-Richards registered 8 rebounds in the loss.
The Redhawks shot 77% from the free throw line including a perfect 4 for 4 from Jackson and Andre Flanigan. La Roche held the Tartans to just 46% from the field and outrebound them 37-31. They also outscored Carnegie Mellon in the paint and on second chance points.
La Roche men's basketball will return to action in 2013 when they host Pitt-Bradford in an AMCC Conference game. Tip-off is set for 3:00PM on Saturday, January 5.