Pittsburgh, PA: The Alice Lloyd College Eagles journeyed to Pittsburg, PA., to face Carlow University in the quarter-final round of the River States Conference Tournament. The visitors came to play and utilized their typical balanced attack to breeze past the Celtics, 98-74.
The two combatants were tied at 6-6 after three minutes before ALC senior guard Noah Young sank a couple of jumpers to trigger a run. Over the next ten minutes, the Eagles rolled out a 26-13 blitz to pull ahead, 32-19.
Later, boosted by sophomore forward Cumecus Cates, who pumped in 11 points off the bench, the Pippa Passes club took a commanding 53-34 lead after twenty minutes of play.
As the second half began, ALC got major contributions from junior guard Chandler Stewart, junior forward Will Philpot, and sophomore guard Jared Strickland. The trio helped the Kentucky club quickly demonstrate that they would not be denied the victory they vowed to possess.
For Alice Lloyd (17-5), five players reached double-digits in a team effort. Stewart led the way, with 18 points and 2 steals. His backcourt-buddy Young closely followed him with 17 points and 6 assists. Strickland contributed 16 points, while Cates and Philpot chipped in with 11 and 10, respectively. Philpot was a force as he earned a double-double by ripping down 14 rebounds. Big junior center Colyn Sturgill added 2 blocks.
The Caney Club finished shooting 46.3% (38-82) from the field and 26.9% (7-26) from the long-range. They connected on 75% (15-20) from the charity line. Additionally, they registered 55 rebounds, 25 assists, and 4 steals.
Tre Harvey paced CU (0-11) with 22 points. His squad finished shooting 39% (30-77) from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from behind the arc. They finished at 46.7% (7-15) from the foul line. Additionally, they registered 43 rebounds, 12 assists, and 7 steals.
Alice Lloyd now advances to semi-final action on Saturday, February 27th, when they play host to the always-tough West Virginia Tech Golden Bears at 2:00 pm. The winner not only will advance to next Tuesday’s championship game, but they also will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
*Special thanks to Robert Cifone Photography for the photos.