The Carlow University men’s basketball team had two setbacks on the road Friday and Saturday. The Celtics fell to Indiana University Southeast, 88-68, in New Albany, Ind., and to Brescia University, 93-80, in Owensboro, Ky.
Both games were tight at halftime, with IUS (15-4/9-1 RSC) holding a 41-34 lead over Carlow, and the Celtics leading, 45-43, against Brescia (7-13/4-6 RSC).
The Celtics shot well against IUS, hitting 26 of 65 (40 percent) from 2 and 9 of 18 (50 percent) from 3. However, they were outrebounded, 45-35, and had 21 turnovers to the Grenadiers’ 14.
IUS had five players score in double figures, led by Joe Ferree with 12 points.
Jacob St. George (SO/Monaca) posted 17 points and four steals for Carlow against the Grenadiers. PJ McLaughlin (SR/Irwin, Pa.) had seven rebounds and four blocks. Cole Novotney (JR/Brownsville, Pa.) added 11 points.
The next day, Brescia took a quick 10-point lead against Carlow, but the Celtics battled back to take the lead before the break. However, the Bearcats went on another run, this one of 9 points, to start the second half. The Celtics cut the lead to six points with six minutes remaining, but this time they could not complete the comeback.
Kayode Daboiku scored 27 points for Brescia and led five Bearcats with double figure scoring.
McLaughlin led Carlow with a double double, his second of the season, against the Brescia. He posted 19 points and 15 rebounds and was one of four Celtics who scored in double figures in the contest. Charlie Scarbo (JR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) added 16, Zach Bryan (JR/Irwin, Pa.) 14 and St. George 13.
Carlow next hosts Alice Lloyd on Friday and Asbury on Saturday.