PITTSBURGH, PA – The La Roche men's basketball team cruised to a non-conference win on Thursday, earning a 97-59 victory over Allegheny College. The Redhawks enter the holiday break on a six game win-streak and are averaging a whopping 87 points per game over that stretch.
La Roche and Allegheny battled early but the Redhawks used a 16-0 run to take a commanding 27-9 lead with ten minutes left in the first. La Roche dominated the offensive glass pulling down seven offensive rebounds over the course of the run. They also turned four turnovers into points.
The Redhawks used another long run later in the first half to enter intermission ahead 66-32. Their 66 points was one of their highest scoring halves in school history.
La Roche shot 59% in the first half and hit 10 of 18 shots from distance. They assisted on 19 of 24 baskets and went a perfect 8 for 8 from the foul line. RayQuan Phifer led all first half scorers with 15 points and hit 6 of 10 shots. Arnes Bajgora reached double figures with 11 points while Evan Bonnaure and Darius Lawrence each had 4 assists.
The Redhawks slowed up the pace in the second half, but the game had already been decided. They attempted just twenty-four shots in the second half after taking forty-two in the first. Ryan Norkus scored 9 second half points and hit 4 of 5 shots.
Every Redhawk scored in the game including Phifer (18 points), Thomas (15 points) and Bajgora (11 points) who all reached double-figures. Bonnaure and Lawrence each had 6 assists while Dion Etheridge and Fritz Schwendler had 5 rebounds.
La Roche could not have been much better from three point range. They hit 15 of 29 shots from distance with Phifer going a perfect 4 for 4 and Thomas hitting 3 of 4.
The Redhawks assisted on 28 of 34 field goals and scored 33 points off of turnovers.
Evan Zabriski led Allegheny with 17 points and scored his 1000th career point.