LA ROCHE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CLINCH FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE
Pittsburgh, March 1 — The Redhawks (25-2, 17-1) won the AMCC Tournament Championship and clinched their first NCAA Tournament appearance after beating Penn St. Behrend (22-4, 16-2) 55-53 in a thriller at Coach Scott Lang Court on Saturday. It is La Roche's second conference championship in school history.
The Redhawks opened up a 22-12 lead with 9:03 left in the first half before Penn St. Behrend stormed back. Lions' guard, Chris Saltzman led the charge with 8 points over the final 9 minutes to cut the halftime deficit to 30-27.
The second half was a back and forth game. No team led by more than 6 points in the second half and inside five minutes the largest lead was only 3 points.
Penn State Behrend had the ball under the Redhawks' hoop with a second remaining and down two. The Lion's inbounded the ball to guard Nick Dvorsky for a deep two-pointer butLaron Mann blocked the ball out-of-bounds sending the Redhawks to the NCAA Tournament.
Laron Mann led La Roche with 15 points and David Jackson had his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Dixon and Nate Wojciechowski each finished with 4 assists.
The Redhawks outrebounded Penn State Behrend 32-24 including 17 offensive boards.
La Roche Men's Basketball hosted a NCAA Tournament Selection Show party on Monday where they found out they will play Wittenberg at Marietta on Friday, March 4.