The Carlow men’s basketball team started the season with a heartbreaker at Lourdes University on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The GrayWolves edged the Celtics, 78-74, in overtime, behind an 18-point, 8-rebound performance by Clif Snow.
The Celtics led the majority of the contest, including 34-24 at halftime, and stretched their advantage to as many as 16 points in the second half.
The Carlow defense limited Lourdes to shooting percentages of 32 percent from 2 and 20 percent from 3 in the first half. However, the GrayWolves got hot in the second half, when they shot 56.5 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from behind the arc.
They stormed back to tie the game at 70 to force overtime. Carlow had opportunities to tie the game at 76 in the final seconds, but could not convert.
Tony Acrie, a junior transfer from Penn Highlands Community College, was impressive in his Carlow debut. He finished with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds, while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Zach Bryan (SR/Irwin, Pa.) added 10 points, five boards and four assists. Austin Matta (JR/Elizabeth, Pa.) added 12 points.
The Celtics will look to bounce back in their home opener, Tuesday, Nov. 14. They host NCAA Division II Lock Haven University, who is 0-2 against Virginia Union and Shaw so far on the year.