Celtics fight but fall at Slippery Rock

Kristin Seamon -

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Two Celtics posted double-doubles, but the Carlow men’s basketball team fell to Slippery Rock University, 96-65, on Sunday, Dec. 10.

It was the fifth of Carlow's eight games against NCAA Division II opponents this season. The next three games will wrap up the challenging non-conference slate as the Celtics (1-8/1-2/0-1) travel to Seton Hill on Dec. 18 and Wheeling Jesuit on Dec. 19 and hosts Tiffin on Dec. 30.

Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) led Carlow with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) tallied 14 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.

Swade Redman (FR/Jeannette, Pa.) led the Celtics in assists, with five. Ryan Bradigan-Barnett (SO/Dayton, Pa.) added a career-high eight points, with three rebounds and a block.

Merdic Green netted 21 points and Micah Till had 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead PSAC member Slippery Rock (8-2) to its sixth straight victory.

The Celtics fought back from several double-digit deficits in the first half to trail, 44-35, at halftime. However, Slippery Rock used a 19-4 run early in the second half to pull away.

The Rock shot 50.6 percent (41-of-81) from the field, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from 3 and 40 percent (6-of-15) from the free-throw line. The Celtics shot 36 percent (27-of-75) from the field, 13.3 percent (2-of-15) from 3 and 60 percent (9-of-15) from the foul line.

Carlow kept the rebounding battle close. Slippery Rock grabbed 51 to the Celtics 48.

However, Slippery Rock forced the Celtics into 13 turnovers and got nine steals, while making just seven turnovers and allowing three steals.

Also for the Rock, Khyree Wooten had 14 points; Aaron McDonald had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists; and Bruce Spruell had 10 points and seven assists. 

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