PITTSBURGH, PA – La Roche's three game win-streak was snapped after they dropped an AMCC home game to Penn State Behrend 71-59 on Hall of Fame Day earlier Saturday. Behrend improves to 15-1 and 10-1 in conference while the Redhawks fall to 7-11 and 7-4 in conference. Behrend's only loss came against La Roche earlier this season.
The Redhawks started off hot and had the game tied at 14-14 before a Penn State Behrend run put the visiting Lions up twelve at the half. Arnes Bajgora hit 6 of 7 shots to enter intermission with 12 points while Andy Abreu pulled down 5 rebounds. La Roche shot well from inside the paint but struggled from the foul line (1 of 6) and three-point range (2 of 12).
La Roche evened the Lions with thirty-two points in the second half. They outrebounded Behrend by two and Dion Etheridge was strong on the boards with eight in the second half alone. Bajgora contributed 11 second half points and Etheridge 7.
Bajgora had another big offensive game with 23 points (9 of 13) while Zach Gould reached double-figures for the second time in three games. Abreu and Etheridge each had 9 rebounds to lead La Roche.
The Redhawks shot 38% from the field (21 of 55) but just 26% from three-point range (6 of 23) and 44% from the foul line (11 for 25).
The Redhawks begin a two game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Mt. Aloysius. La Roche defeated the Mounties 91-75 on December 9th.