Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Stanley Christian and Will Hill scored 19 points each, while Kenny Council had five of his career-high 17 points in a key second half run to help the University of Rio Grande defeat Carlow University, 95-73, in River States Conference men's basketball action, Saturday afternoon, at the Newt Oliver Arena.
With the Senior Day win, Rio Grande finished regular season play at 13-17 overall and 8-9 in the RSC.
Carlow, which had defeated the RedStorm by 23 points in their first meeting of the season back in December, finished 4-26 overall and 3-14 in league play.
Rio Grande jumped to a 6-0 lead and never trailed in the contest, although the Celtics cut an 11-point first half deficit down to six by halftime and to one, 42-41, after a pair of Jacob St. George free throws with 18:57 left in the contest.
The RedStorm essentially settled the issue once and for all by responding with a 13-0 run over the next 2-1/2 minutes to open up a 14-point advantage.
Carlow, which was playing its second straight game without its leading scorer, Charlie Scharbo (17.0 ppg), got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Council, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., got the game-changing run started with a conventional three-point play and another layup of the RedStorm's subsequent possession. He finished 8-for-11 from the floor, while also adding a blocked shot and equaling senior teammate Corey Cruse (Fort Mitchell, KY) for team honors with three steals.
Hill, a junior from Worthington, Ohio, scored 12 of his 19 points on four of Rio's nine three-point goals. He also had a game-best seven assists.
Christian, a redshirt freshman from Norfolk, Va., also had four trifectas toward his game total of 19 points. He also added a thunderous one-handed dunk with 13:15 left to play which gave Rio a 17-point advantage, 62-45.
The RedStorm, who led by as many as 27 points with just under three minutes remaining, also got 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from senior Josh Thompson (Bronx, NY) and 10 points off the bench from sophomore Abe Eze (Lagos, Nigeria) in the winning effort.
Rio shot 54.1 percent from the floor (20-for-37) in the second half and finished with a commanding 53-31 edge in rebounding.
Carlow was led by PJ McLaughlin's game-high 24 points, despite the fact that he was forced to sit for the final 9:05 of the first half in foul trouble. He eventually fouled out with 4:58 left to play.
McLaughlin also had a team-best nine rebounds for the Celtics, while St. George added 14 points and five assists and Miles Sunder finished with 10 points.
Rio Grande returns to action on Wednesday night when it travels to 24th-ranked Indiana University-Southeast for the quarterfinal round of the RSC Tournament.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.