FARMVILLE, VA – The La Roche College men's basketball team made school history on Monday when they became the first team to lead an NCAA Division I opponent at halftime. The Redhawks held a 35-32 edge over Longwood University before falling to the Lancers 89-65 at Willett Hall.
La Roche shot the ball extremely well in the first half hitting 4 of 7 three pointers while going 9 for 9 from the charity stripe. Veteran starters Arnes Bagjora and Evan Bonnaure provided a bulk of the scoring with 9 and 8 points with Andy Abreu bringing a spark off the bench with 7 points. Longwood had the size advantage but Dion Ethridge pulled down 5 first half boards to give La Roche the rebounding edge.
The Redhawks continued to play tough and aggressive defense in the second half but their scoring cooled off down the stretch. They made just 2 of 11 three-pointers and hit just 4 of 9 free throws over the game's final twenty minutes. Longwood on the other hand got red-hot hitting 63% of their shots in the second half.
Bonnaure finished with a career-high 16 points to lead the Redhawks. Bagjora reached double-figures with 11 points while Abreu added 9 points. Ryan Norkus had 8 points and 6 rebounds in his first collegiate game and Ethridge had a team-high 8 rebounds.
The Redhawks continue their extremely difficult non-conference schedule next Saturday when they play #6 Catholic University. The game will be played as part of Marietta University's Tip-off Tournament.