PITTSBURGH, PA – The La Roche men's basketball team overcame an incredible eighteen point second half deficit to force overtime but fell to undefeated Carnegie Mellon 74-64 (OT) on Thursday night.
The Redhawks trailed 31-20 at halftime and by 18 points with 15:25 left before putting together a 22-4 run to tie it up. La Roche was extremely efficient in the second half shooting 56% (15 of 27) and committing just six turnovers. They scored twenty-four of their forty second half points in the paint and Zaire Redding came out of the locker-room strong netting 11 points and 10 rebounds.
La Roche needed a bucket late in regulation and freshman center Arnes Bajgora came up with the offensive rebound and bucket to send it to overtime. In the extra period, the Tartens went 10 for 11 from the free throw line to earn the win.
Redding recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds while Andy Abreu (13 points) and Evan Bonnaure (11 points, 3 for 4 three-pointers) each scored in double figures. Bajgora finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the Redhawks.
Carnegie Mellon's Seth Cordts led all scorers with 26 points while Jack Serbin had 16 points and 19 rebounds.
The men's basketball team will travel to Westminster College on Saturday for their final game before the new year. La Roche and Westminster have played four common opponents (Hiram, Penn State Behrend, Marietta, and Penn State Altoona).