The Carlow men’s basketball team fell to NCAA Division II Lock Haven University, 87-67, in its home opener Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Oakland Catholic.
Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) followed up his 18-point, 8-rebound performance in the season opener against Lourdes by pacing Carlow (0-2) with 19 points and nine rebounds against the Bald Eagles.
The Bald Eagles (1-2) were led by Amir Hinton, who entered the contest averaging 31 points and six rebounds through Lock Haven's first two contests. Hinton tallied 19 points and four rebounds against the Celtics.
Carlow started well, leading 10-4 after five minutes of play. However, the Bald Eagles went on a 13-3 run over the next six minutes to take a 19-13 lead. The Celtics were within four points, down 25-21, with five minutes left in the half, but Lock Haven closed it out with an 18-9 run.
With eight seconds left in the half and Lock Haven leading, 43-27, Swade Redman (FR/Jeannette, Pa.) made a quick full-court pass to Cole Novotney (JR/Brownsville, Pa.), who drained a 3 at the buzzer. The basket cut Carlow’s deficit to 43-30 and gave the Celtics some momentum heading into the break.
It was short-lived, however, as Lock Haven pulled away to a 61-41 lead in the frame’s opening eight minutes and cruised from there.
The Bald Eagles finished the game shooting 46.9 percent from the floor. Matt Cerruti tallied 18 points, Ra’eese Hunt 12 points, and Tarojae Brake 11. Marques Jackson pulled down 11 rebounds.
For Carlow, Novotney finished with 11 points, and Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) had eight points and eight rebounds. Zach Bryan (SR/Iwrin, Pa.) had three assists.
The Celtics next play Saturday, Nov. 25 at Walsh University.
They return home on Nov. 29, joining the Carlow women’s team in a double header against WVU Tech, opening River States Conference play.