PITTSBURGH, PA – The Alice Lloyd Eagles played solid down the stretch to defeat the home-standing Carlow University Celtics on Friday 73-68. The River States Conference match-up was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In the opening half, the two squads battled tightly but the hosts would pull ahead by six with 12:01 remaining. Sparked by freshman guard Blake Smith, the Eagles would battle back to tie things up at 31 by intermission. Over the first twenty minutes, the visitors hit 14 field goals while the hosts sank 13.
In the second half, the Eagles would slowly pull ahead, but they hurt themselves with costly free throw shooting. Ice cold marksmanship in the last half enabled the Celtics to hang in the game. However, Alice Lloyd was gritty enough that even though they would bend, they refused to break, and they held on for the important road victory.
For the victors (8-15; 4-7 RSC), Smith would lead the way with a game-high 20 points. Junior guard Austin Crisp finished right behind with 19 points. Sophomore forward Simon Christon added 10 points and 7 rebounds while senior forward Mason Pack just missed a double-double with 9 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Six different players each registered an assist.
Alice Lloyd connected on a respectable 50% from the field (29-58) and hit 37.5% (3-8) from deep. They sank just 40% of their free throws (12-30) including 9-24 in the closing half. Additionally, they had 36 rebounds, 6 assists, and 8 steals.
Carlow ( 3-19; 2-8 RSC) was led by Charlie Scharbo with 19 points and 11 rebounds. His club hit 43.1% (28-65) of their field goals and 35.7% (5-14) from long range. They connected on 66.7% of their charity tosses (7-11). They also had 28 rebounds, 13 assists, and 7 steals.