GREENSBURG, PA – La Roche men's basketball's (8-8, 6-3) could not overcome a slow start and fell to Pitt-Greensburg (6-9, 3-6) 79-69 in AMCC action on Monday night.
La Roche trailed 40-20 at halftime after the Bobcats shot a red-hot 64% from the field. Coming off a big win at Penn State Behrend, Coach Carmichael sensed a lack of intensity from the Redhawks.
"We have to be ready to play every night in this conference. I felt like we had turned a corner from the other night, but if we don't show up to play, we will be down to anyone if we let them shoot 64% from the floor."
Pitt-Greensburg scored the first 8 points of the second half to increase the lead to 28 before the Redhawks made a ferocious comeback. La Roche outscored the Bobcats 33-12 over the next 12 minutes to cut the deficit to just 7, but Pitt-Greensburg sank their free throws to escape with the win.
"We continue to dig ourselves into a hole and end up using so much energy trying to come back that we drain ourselves mentally and start making bad decisions."
Andre Flanigan did a little of everything and finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 2 assists. La Roche Player of the Week, Lionel Perkins, notched 14 points and hit 4 three-pointers and Joel McIntosh added 12 points. Daron Tabron scored a season-high 12 points and David Jackson contributed 9 points and 8 rebounds. Contristano Rocco scored a game-high 30 points for Pitt-Greensburg.
Despite the loss, the Redhawks outscored Pitt-Greensburg in almost every offensive category including points off turnovers (34-23), second chance points (9-6), bench points (15-9), and points in the paint (32-18). The major difference however came on the foul line where Pitt-Greensburg shot 85% (22 of 26) and La Roche shot 45% (13 of 29).
"We just need to dig in and guard and execute and finish plays in the beginnings of games. We need to change our approach from the tip."
The Redhawks will look to rebound when they host D'Youville on Saturday. The Spartans come into the game losers of six straight.