BUTLER, Pa. - Men's basketball attempted a season-high 74 shots in a losing effort to Grove City in Game 1 of the Geneva "Coaches vs. Cancer" Tournament. La Roche, now 0-3 on the season, shot 37% from the field while thier opponents shot a season best 54%. The Wolverines, however, only made three more total field goals. Tonight's win is GCC's first of the season.
Final: La Roche: 70, Grove City: 86
Records: La Roche (0-3), Grove City: (1-4)
La Roche once again relied heavily on their upperclassmen for offensive production. Senior guard Kennedy Smith collected career-high's in points (20) and rebounds (16). This season, Smith is averaging 15.3 points per game (third on team). Senior Darius Lawrence also scored a career-high with 19 points and shot a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. Junior Austin Hannes finished with 13 points on the night. Individually, the trio has scored 10+ in all three game his season.
LRU remained competitive throughout the first half, owning the lead twice, and went into the second half down only 33-38.
The Redhawks came out hot in the second half going on a 12-2 run to go up 45-40. With 10 minutes remaining in the game, the score was even at 53 points a piece.
GCC then went on a 7-0 run and never looked back. La Roche shot 3-13 from the field in the last five minutes of the game.
Inside the Box Score
LRU committed 28 personal fouls, allowing GCC to score over 20% of their points from the line (23-36 FT; 64%).
The Redhawks shot a season-low 4-18 (22%) from beyond the arc. Their opponents knocked down one less 3-PT on ten less attempts (3-8).
Without Junior Tyler Frederick, La Roche was out rebounded for the first time all year, 39-48 in favor of Grove City.
The Wolverines bench outscored the Redhawks 24-6.
GCC scored over half their points (48) inside the paint.
NEXT UP: Men's basketball plays Game 2 of the Geneva Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament tomorrow afternoon against the hosts, Geneva, beginning at 3:00 p.m.