Roberts drops ECC-CACC matchup to Caldwell

Courtesy of Robertsredhawks.com

AMHERST, N.Y. – On the second day of the ECC-CACC Challenge presented by WNY Knee and Orthopedic Surgery PC the Roberts Wesleyan men’s basketball team fell to Caldwell University, 84-70.

The Redhawks got off to a slow start that set the tone for the game. Roberts went scoreless for the first five minutes of the game while allowing Caldwell to take a 16 point lead. During the stretch the Redhawks had seven turnovers.

Peyton McLaurin’s three pointer at the 14:48 mark of the first half was the Redhawks’ first bucket of the game and also began a 17-3 run that pulled Roberts within two points of Caldwell. At the half Roberts only trailed by a point, 37-36.

The start of the second half mirrored the first half with the Redhawks not scoring for over five minutes. The first basket of the half came with 14:48 left in the game, the exact same time the team scored in the first half of play. The scoring drought allowed Caldwell to take a double digit lead. Roberts would trim the lead to five points but never was able to take the lead. The Cougars eventually pulled away, taking a 20 point advantage at one point and cruised on to the 84-70 win.

Fouls became a major factor in the game as four different players on Roberts fouled out. Caldwell converted on 21-of-32 from the free throw line.

Michael Bush and Fope Okuyiga both scored 12 points to lead Roberts.

Senior Justin Vaughan (MCC) was the sole Redhawk to be chosen to the All-Tournament Team. The guard totaled 30 points over the two games.

The Redhawks (1-1) will travel to South Euclid, Ohio on Tuesday to take on Notre Dame College at 5:30 p.m.

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