The Carlow men’s basketball team battled back in the second half, but could not overcome a hot start by (RV) Asbury on Saturday, Jan. 27.
The Celtics (4-15/4-6) fell to the Eagles, 103-90, in their second road River States Conference game of the week.
Asbury (15-7/8-4), ranked third in West Division of the RSC, shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66) from the field, 47.4 percent (18-of-38) from 3, and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the foul line in the contest.
Most of that damage was done in the first half, when the Eagles hit 14 3-point goals to roar out to a 57-38 lead by halftime.
Carlow, ranked third in the league's East Division, made adjustments at the break and outscored the Asbury, 52-48, in the second half. They only allowed the Eagles to make four more 3s.
Carlow out-rebounded the Eagles, 45-41, and had nine turnovers to Asbury’s 13.
The Celtics finished the game shooting 43.2 percent (35-of-81) from the field and 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from 3. Foul shooting hurt them in their second-half comeback attempt, as they hit just 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the line.
Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) led Carlow with his sixth double double of the season. He tallied 27 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists. Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) led all scorers with 28 points, along with seven rebounds. Rece Henneman (JR/Clarksville, Pa.) and Swade Redman (FR/Jeannette, Pa.) added 11 points apiece.
Asbury got a balanced attack from Daulton Peters (23 points), Trenton Thompson (18 points), Deion Cochran (18 points), Clif Conley (10 points) and Austin Kindred (10 points, nine rebounds). Will Henderson had nine points and a game-high seven assists.
Carlow next plays at Ohio Christian on Tuesday. The Celtics got a 75-72 home-court victory against the Trailblazers (7-14/3-7) on Jan. 9.