CRESSON, PA -- The La Roche men's basketball team held off an incredible rally by Mt. Aloysius to earn a 67-65 win and climb to the top of the AMCC standings. The Redhawks take over sole possession of first place after Penn State Behrend lost to Medaille and they are the last remaining conference undefeated.
La Roche more than doubled the Mounties offensive output over the final eight minutes of the first half to enter intermission ahead 38-28. The Redhawks shut down Mt. Aloysius and allowed just one field goal over that span.
La Roche held a 29-13 rebounding edge with RayQuan Phifer pulling down 7 and Arnes Bajgora 6. Mt. Aloysius hit just 8 of 32 first half shots.
The Redhawks used an 11-2 second half run to build their lead up to a game-high twenty points. La Roche outrebounded Mt. Aloysius 8-0 over that three minute stretch.
The Redhawks still held a fifteen point lead with less than six minutes remaining before Mt. Aloysius stormed back with a 15-0 run to tie it. The Mounties hit five three-pointers in the final six minutes including four by Darryl Sanders.
La Roche made a defensive stop inside a minute and Ryan Norkus answered with a clutch basket with 34 seconds left. Mt. Aloysius had two opportunities for the lead including one at the buzzer, but the Redhawks held on.
Bonnaure had a team-high 14 points and hit 4 of 7 shots from three-point distance. Phifer registered a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds while Norkus contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds.
The Redhawks more than doubled Mt. Aloysius' output on the glass. They outrebounded the Mounties 54-25 including 18-7 on the offensive boards. La Roche committed 21 turnovers to Mt. Aloysius' ten, but the rebounding margin was just too much for the Mounties to overcome.
La Roche shot 40% (23 of 57), 26% from three-point range (6 of 23) and 83% (15 of 18) from the foul line.
The Redhawks will travel to Penn State Altoona on Saturday for a 4pm tip. The Lions are 4-7 overall and 3-2 in the AMCC.