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Preview: Men's Basketball Faces Altoona in Season Opener

Preview: Men's Basketball Faces Altoona in Season Opener

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Redhawks play their home and conference opener tomorrow, November 26 against Penn St. Altoona. The LRU women's basketball game will start following the conclusion of the men's game. The Kerr Sport & Fitness Center, LRU's home venue, recently had it's floor re-finished with new, updated La Roche University decals. 


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La Roche News and Notes

  • LRU lost their last two games at the Geneva "Coaches vs. Cancer" Tournament against Grove City (11/22) and Geneva (11/23)
  • In their last game against Geneva, despite not having AMCC Preseason Player of the Year Tyler Frederick, the Redhawks had season-high's in points (79), FG% (44%) and 3-PT (13).
  • Against Geneva, Senior guard Kennedy Smith set conference single game highs in points (32), 3-PT (7) and FGM (12); earning a spot on the All-Tournament team and AMCC Player of the Week honors
  • Smith is the first Redhawk to score 30+ points in a game since February 2016
  • The injury bug has caught LRU early this season; only eight players dressed in their last game
  • The Redhawks are 0-4 for the first time since 2015-16
  • La Roche is averaging 73.5 PGG while their opponents are averaging 81.8 PPG
  • LRU has lost by 8 or less points in three of their four games this season
  • The Redhawks have limited their turnovers to 12.5 per game (3rd best in AMCC)

Penn State Altoona News and Notes

  • Altoona most recently loss in an exhibition game against D-II Walsh University, 119-76; the game does not count towards the Lions record or statistics
  • Five different players are averaging 8.5+ points per game
  • Sophomore guard Jack Kusters is currently the teams leading scorer, averaging 16.5 PPG
  • PSA is averaging 83.0 PPG (2nd in AMCC) while their opponents are averaging 80.5 PPG
  • The Lions have turned the ball over at a high-rate, averaging 17.5 turnovers per game (2nd worst in AMCC)

Series History

  • LRU is 12-2 vs Altoona under HC Hermie Carmichael dating back to 2012-13
  • The Redhawks have won seven of their last eight games against the Lions
  • Last season, La Roche blew-out the Lions in their final regular season game, 95-61; Junior guard Austin Hannes scored a game-high 16 points while knocking down 4-6, 3-PT