PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The La Roche College men's basketball team (12-6, 8-3) overcame a sluggish start to defeat visiting Penn State Altoona (4-15, 2-10) 67-54 Wednesday night in the Kerr Fitness Center.
The Lions stepped on the gas early to lead 26-17 midway through the first half. Torin Smith kept the Redhawks within striking distance, connecting on four long-distance three pointers.
La Roche cranked up their defense and held the visiting Lions scoreless for over seven minutes during a 12-0 run. After surging into the lead, the teams exchanged baskets as the Redhawks clung to a 36-34 lead at the break.
After allowing 14 offensive rebounds in the opening frame, the Redhawks hit the boards and pushed the ball in transition as they ramped the lead to double-digits early in the second half.
The Redhawks shot 46% from the field, 36% from deep and out-rebounded the visitors 26-13 in the second half. The La Roche defense held the Lions to an icy 28% from the field.
With the win, La Roche improved to 8-3 in the AMCC and remains one game back of conference-leading Penn State Behrend and Hilbert.
The Redhawks return to AMCC action Saturday, February 1 at Medaille. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Rachel Bachri.