Second-half effort not enough as Celtics fall to UPJ

Kristin Seamon -

The Carlow men’s basketball team dropped a non-conference contest against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 93-67, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Carlow (0-5/0-0/0-0) was paced by Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.), with 12 points and six rebounds. Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) added seven boards and five points. Zach Bryan (SR/Irwin, Pa.) had three steals and three assists.

Marcin Wisdomirski posted 22 points to lead three Mountain Cats scoring in double figures. Isaac Vescovi tallied 18 points and Dale Clancy had 11.

Olando King, Jr. grabbed 10 rebounds and Steven Votodian had six assists for Pitt-Johnstown (3-3), a member of NCAA Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

The Celtics dug themselves in too big a hole in the first half, trailing, 46-25, at the break. They fought back and hung with the Mountain Cats in the second half, scoring 42 points to UPJ’s 47.

Carlow netted its highest field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage of the season in the contest. The Celtics shot 46 percent (23-50) from the field and 44.4 percent from 3 (8-18). They also got 36 points from their bench.

However, the Mountain Cats had the advantage in points in the paint, 46-20; points off turnovers, 27-11; and second-chance points, 20-4.

The Celtics also missed opportunities at the free-throw line, shooting just 54.2 percent on 13-of-24 there.

Carlow has played the Mountain Cats in each of the program's four seasons. UPJ has won all of the matchups, most recently earning a 99-68 victory last year.

The Celtics begin River States Conference play Wednesday after a tough early season schedule in which four out of five games were against NCAA Division II opponents. Carlow tips off against (RV) WVU Tech at 8pm, immediately following the women’s game against the Golden Bears.

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