The Carlow men’s basketball team gave its best defensive performance of the season, but fell to Seton Hill, 62-51, on Wednesday, November 30, in Greensburg.
Seton Hill’s 62 points were the fewest any opponent has scored against the Celtics, who were averaging 96.57 points allowed, this season.
Carlow (0-8/0-0 RSC) trailed, 30-26, at halftime and the NCAA Division II Griffins attempted to pull away during the second half. However, Carlow applied full-court defensive pressure to keep the game close, maintaining around a nine-point deficit for the majority of the second half. Seton Hill was able to slow down the tempo in the final minutes to hang on for the win.
The Griffins (4-2/1-1 PSAC) held the edge inside, outscoring Carlow 36-24 in the paint, and outrebounding Carlow, 46-26. Big man Spencer Casson made eight blocks along with his 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Seton Hill also got a double-double off the bench from Noah Davis, who scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
PJ McLaughlin (SR/Irwin, Pa.) led the Celtics with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jacob St. George (SO/Monaca, Pa.) contributed 11 points, eight assists and four steals. Chance Wright (FR/Bethel Park, Pa.) added 10 points.
After an eight-game stretch on the road that included NCAA DI, NCAA DII and nationally ranked NAIA opponents, Carlow opens River States Conference play and its home season at 8pm Friday, against WVU Tech.