PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The La Roche College men's basketball team (12-8, 8-5) battled back and forth with Mount Aloysius (9-10, 6-7) before falling 73-66 Thursday night in AMCC action at the Kerr Fitness Center.
Lionel Perkins opened the game, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, by drilling a three on a feed from Daron Tabron. The Mounties, led by the AMCC's top scorer Shawn Greenfield, began to pour in threes to take an early advantage.
Perkins canned another long-range attempt to retake the lead for La Roche midway through the first half. Andre Flanigan followed with a steal and went coast-to-coast for an easy bucket, before Oneal Brown connected on an alley-oop to extend the Redhawks' lead. Torin Smith capped the run with a diving save and dish to Tabron for a fast break lay up.
Despite 13 turnovers, the Mounties shot a blistering seven of ten from three to head into the break tied at 32-32.
Zaire Redding opened the second half with a powerful alley-oop over a defender to put La Roche ahead 34-32. Unfazed, the Mounties responded with a 9-0 run to take a 41-34 lead.
A driving score by Tabron brought the Redhawks within one at 52-51 with 8:00 left in regulation, but Mount Aloysius countered with an 11-3 run to lead 63-54 with 5:00 remaining.
Perkins nailed a jumper and Flanigan followed with an up-and-under score to cut the deficit to 67-64 with 1:55 left on the clock. Jean Freeman made a slick block in the post and secured the rebound to give the Redhawks a chance to tie, but a turnover on the ensuing possession and several made free throws from the Mounties prevented La Roche from completing the comeback.
Mount Aloysius shot a scorching 52% (28-54) from the field, including 50% from three (9-18). Greenfield, the fifth leading scorer in the nation, tallied a game-high 35 points.
Despite out-rebounding the visitors 32-26, including 16-6 on the offensive glass, La Roche shot just 11% from three (2-18) and 61% from the charity stripe (14-23).
With the loss, the Redhawks fall to 8-5 in the AMCC, while Mount Aloysius improves to 6-7.
La Roche returns to AMCC action Saturday, February 8 against Pitt-Bradford. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m., with the La Roche Hall of Fame induction ceremony following the conclusion of the game.