The Carlow men’s basketball team rode its best defensive effort of the season to a River States Conference road win, 78-65, against Midway University, on Saturday, Jan. 6.
Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) poured in 29 points, with eight rebounds and four steals, and Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. They led four Celtics who scored in double figures.
Also for Carlow, Rece Henneman (JR/Clarksville, Pa.) had his second straight strong outing, with 11 points and nine rebounds. Austin Matta (JR/Elizabeth, Pa.) provided a spark off the bench, with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Celtics, who bounced back from their narrow loss to Indiana University Kokomo on Jan. 2, came out ready to play against Midway. They took an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes, and never trailed in the contest. Carlow (2-12/2-3/0-1) held a 39-25 advantage at the end of the first half.
The Eagles (5-8/2-3), who previously knocked off No. 25 Indiana University Southeast and Point Park in their two RSC wins, made a comeback bid early in the second half.
Midway cut Carlow’s lead to 53-48 with 11:05 remaining. However, the Celtics went on a 23-10 run to firmly regain control. They held their largest advantage of 18 points, 76-58, with three minutes left in the contest.
The Celtics forced 19 turnovers and made seven steals as they held the Eagles to well below their season average of 78.15 points per game. It was the lowest point total by a Carlow opponent this season. The previous low was 74 points by Point Park in the Celtics’ first RSC win.
Carlow also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Midway, 46-33, including a 14-5 advantage on the offensive glass.
DJ Townsend led the Eagles with 14 points. Bryson Harris had 13 points and five rebounds, and Kwon Evans added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Carlow returns home at 8pm Tuesday, Jan. 9, against Ohio Christian University (6-10/2-3).