Despite another big game from Carlow forwards Tony Acrie and Charlie Scharbo, Alice Lloyd pulled off a late-game comeback to defeat the Celtics men’s basketball team, 83-72, on Thursday, Jan. 25, in Pippa Passes, Ky.
The Eagles (10-9/4-7), ranked sixth in the West Division of the River States Conference, entered the game with the highest scoring offense in NAIA Division II, averaging 95.61 points per game.
However, the Celtics (4-14/4-5/0-1) came out with a strong defensive effort that slowed the Eagles down for the first 30 minutes of the game. Carlow led by 16 points with 3:18 remaining in the first half, and had a 37-30 advantage at halftime.
But Alice Lloyd gradually began to climb back into the game in the second half as the Celtics, missing three players from their typical rotation, began to wear down. The Eagles tied the score at 55, with 10:39 to play, and took their first lead since the fourth minute, 60-59, with 7:57 remaining.
From there, they pulled away behind a strong performance from forward Chance Cornett, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Alice Lloyd’s leading scorer, Timmy Dalton, who averages 20.8 points per game, did not play in the contest due to injury. Instead, the Eagles relied on a balanced attack from Cornett (16 points), Dondre Wilson (16 points), Austin Crisp (14 points), and Jake Allen (13 points).
Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) led Carlow with a career-high 35 points and nine rebounds. Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) earned his fifth double double of the season, with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Alice Lloyd finished shooting 43.7 percent (31-of-71) from the field and 11.8 percent (2-of-17) from 3. But the Eagles shot 24 free throws in the contest, making 19 of them, while the Celtics shot just 3. Carlow shot 43.4 percent (33-of-76) from the field and 12 percent (3-of-25) from the field.
The Celtics remain in Kentucky to take on (RV) Asbury (13-7/6-4) in another RCS divisional crossover matchup Saturday.