PIPPA PASSES, KY: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles found themselves down 16 points with 3:18 remaining in the first half before rallying to earn an impressive 83-72 victory over the visiting Carlow University Celtics on Thursday, January 25.
In the opening stanza, the visitors showed they were suffering no ill effects of their trip from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Behind 18 first-half points from guard Tony Acrie, the Celtics roared out of the gates red hot. Carlow led 37-21 with just over 3:00 remaining before the hosts closed the period on a 9-0 run to shrink the deficit to seven (37-30) at intermission.
In the second half, the CU would fight to hold their advantage but the Eagles refused to go away. The men from Caney Creek slowly chipped away at the deficit and finally gained their first lead of the night at 60-59 when sophomore forward Chance Cornett drained two free throws with 7:57 left to play.
From that point, the home club would not be denied as they used balanced scoring to extend their lead to 15 points, and earned the sweet victory.
For ALC (11-9;4-7 RSC), they were led by Cornett with 16 points and 9 rebounds and junior forward Dondre Warren with 16 points and a game-high 3 steals. Senior guard Austin Crisp added 14 points, 4 assists, and 7 rebounds while senior center Jake Allen chipped in with 13 points. Leading scorer Timmy Dalton was out with an injury he suffered on Tuesday night.
The victors connected on 43.7% (31-71) from the field, but just 11.8% (2-17) from long range. They hit 79.2% (19-24) from the foul line and added 44 rebounds, 13 assists, and 7 steals.
The Celtics ( 4-14; 4-5) were led by the excellent performance of Acrie with 35 points and 9 rebounds. His club connected on 43.4% (33-76) from the field including 12% (3-25) from long range. They hit 100% (3-3) from the foul line and added 38 rebounds, 15 assists, and 6 steals.
Alice Lloyd returns to action this Saturday, January 27, when they host Point Park University in an important Conference matchup at 3:00 pm.