PITTSBURGH – Carlow University men’s basketball gave up a 10-point halftime lead in a 71-65 loss to River States Conference opponent Ohio Christian University Tuesday.
The Celtics celebrated Senior Night, recognizing six members of the team: Tony Acrie (Johnstown, Pa.), Ryan Jackson (Baltimore, Md.), Cole Novotney (Brownsville, Pa.), Cameron Sarber (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), Jacob St. George (Monaca, Pa.) and Zach Talley (Finleyville, Pa.).
The Celtics (1-28, 0-16 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) led, 39-29, over the Trailblazers (7-21, 3-13 RSC) after the first half.
Ohio Christian trailed by as much as 16 points in the first half but returned from halftime with a renewed fire.
The Trailblazers slowly chipped away at the lead after scoring a few baskets in a row and exchanged leads with the Celtics three times in the second half.
Rece Henneman (JR/Clarksville, Pa.) tied the score, 56-56, with five minutes remaining in the game, but Ohio Christian continued to hit shots in the paint and convert at the free throw line to come away with the win.
The Trailblazers outscored the Celtics, 42-29, in the second half.
Novotney led the Celtics with 16 points, including three treys.
Henneman ended up with 12 points, and Jackson and Brenlee Reedy (JR/Linville, Va.) finished with 11 points each. Reedy added 16 rebounds for the double-double effort.
The Celtics shot just 50 percent (7 for 14) from the charity stripe, compared to Ohio Christian’s 79.2 percent (19 for 24).
The Trailblazers outrebounded Carlow, 52-36.
Carlow travels to Indiana University East for the final regular season game on Feb. 16. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m., and links to live coverage can be found at Carlow.edu/Athletics.
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