Despite a career night for Zach Bryan and a double-double by Tony Acrie, the Carlow men’s basketball team lost a battle with WVU Tech, 86-75, in its first River States Conference game of the season Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Oakland Catholic.
The Celtics (0-5/0-1/0-1) controlled the majority of the contest, leading, 48-40, at halftime and taking a 9-point advantage with 14:54 to play. However, WVU Tech (6-3) came from behind to take the final lead with 9:01 remaining.
Bryan, a senior guard from Irwin, Pa., poured in 26 points and dished six assists. He had 18 points by halftime, besting his previous record of 15, set last season. Acrie, a junior transfer from Penn Highlands Community College, scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Also for the Celtics, Miles Sunder (SR/Jeannette, Pa.) posted 15 points and five assists and Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) added seven rebounds and six assists.
The Golden Bears had five players score in double figures, led by Thomas Collins with 21 points and eight rebounds. Michael Scott had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tamon Scruggs had 14 points, and Andreas Johnson and Brent Daniels had 10 points apiece.
The difference in the contest came at the foul line. The Golden Bears went to the stripe 24 times to Carlow’s 11. WVU Tech converted 79.2 percent of those free throws (19-24), while the Celtics made just 36.4 percent of theirs (4-11).
Carlow next travels to Rio Grande for a 3pm tipoff this Saturday, Dec. 2.