#6 Marietta holds off La Roche 81-75

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The No. 6 ranked Marietta College men's basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the year to beat La Roche College, 81-75, Monday (Dec. 4) evening in a non-conference match up. MC improves to 6-1 overall, while La Roche drops to 4-3 on the season.

The RedHawks scored the first basket of the game for their only lead of the night. Caleb Hoyng drained a three-pointer seconds later to put the Pioneers in front for good.

Dillon Young hit a triple with 7:42 left in the first half to cap a 14-4 Marietta run and extend the Pioneer lead to 12 points, 29-17. MC pushed the lead to as many as 18 points in the opening period and took a 45-29 lead into halftime.

Trailing by 15 with just over two minutes left in the game, La Roche got hot from three-point range and cut the Marietta lead three, 78-75, with 13 seconds left on the clock.

Kyle Dixon iced the game for Marietta with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

Young hit three shots from behind the arc and led the Pioneers with 16 points. Anthony Wallace scored 10 points at the free throw line and finished with 14 points in the game, while Avery Williams added 11 points and four rebounds. Dixon led the Pioneers with nine boards and chipped in with six points.

Trell Thomas paced La Roche with a game-high 19 points. Ray Quan Phifer recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryan Norkus had 16 points and nine boards. Tyler Frederick pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds.

For the game, Marietta shot 41.5% (22-of-53) from the floor, 36.8% (7-of-19) from three-point range and 73.2% (30-of-41) at the line. The RedHawks were 26-of-75 (34.7%) from the floor, 9-of-26 (34.6%) behind the arc and 14-of-22 (63.6%) at the line.

Marietta returns home to host Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll University on Saturday (Dec 9). Tip off is set for 3 p.m.