PITTSBURGH, PA – The La Roche men's basketball team enjoyed another successful senior day picking up an important 82-78 victory over Medaille on Saturday. Seniors Torin Smith and Jared Richardson were honored prior to the game.
The Redhawks ended one of the most fast paced first halves of the season on a 7-0 run. A RayQuan Phifer three-point play highlighted the half with Evan Bonnaure pulling down a rebound and hitting Phifer cross court with just two seconds left. La Roche dominated the boards outrebounding Medaille 25-16 but the Mavericks were stellar in the open court limiting their turnovers to just four. Arnes Bajogra was tremendous with 9 points and 12 rebounds while Torin Smith went 3 for 6 from three-point range.
Medaille came out of the half on a 5-0 run to get back into the game. Neither team could gain momentum through the half until late when Ryan Norkus and Andy Abreu made two consecutive three-pointers to take La Roche from a 70-70 tie to a six point lead. On both plays, Smith and Phifer made the extra pass to find the open man. The Mavericks responded with a 5-1 run to get within two. Medaille also hit a three-pointer but Smith and Zach Gould each went 2 for 2 from the foul line and La Roche held on for the win.
Four Redhawks scored in double figures including Bajgora who recorded a double-double (13 points, 16 doubles). Smith was spectacular on senior day finishing with a team-high 16 points. Andy Abreu finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds while Ryan Norkus had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
La Roche outrebounded the visitors 44-31. They also assisted on 22 of 28 field goals.
The Redhawks will host and AMCC Quarterfinal game next Wednesday at 7pm. They will play either Medaille or Pitt-Bradford.