Mon, Jan. 16, 2017 - [Men's Basketball]
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.--The Rochester College Warriors took their #1 scoring defense on the road to take on the Indiana University Northwest RedHawks, the #2 scoring offense in the NAIA. The 7th ranked Warriors came away with a 99-85 win to improve their record to 21-1. Although the RedHawks pulled down a total of 23 offensive rebounds, the Warriors never trailed in the game, in part due to their hot shooting. RC connected on 50% of their 70 shots including going 9-24 from 3 point land.
The game was nip and tuck for most of the first half until a Warrior 16-3 run, spurred by two Justin Nafso
(Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central HS) baskets, put them up by 14 points. The Warriors took a 49-37 lead into the locker room. RC was able to push their lead in the second half to 24 after a 3 pointer by Angelo Griffis
(Kalamazoo, Mich./Ferris State University) with 11 minutes to go. Northwest fought back and was able to cut the lead to 9 with 1:30
to play, but that was as close as they would get as RC was able to close the game out.
"I thought our guys showed a lot of toughness," said Head Coach Klint Pleasant
. "IU Northwest is a good team and coming off an impressive win on the road against an NCAA II team. We had single digit turnovers and we played hard."
(Flint, Mich./Kalamazoo Valley CC) had a huge game as he recorded his 6th double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds, both season highs. Griffis had a near triple-double as he poured on 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Armand Cartwright
(Bloomfield, Mich./Bloomfield HS) tossed in 19 points and was a perfect 10-10 from the foul line. Nafso added 14 points and 8 boards and Paris Pereira
(Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester HS) chipped in 12 points.
RC will travel back to Gary, IN to participate in the Association of Independent Institutions Classic on January 20th and 21st. They will take on conference foes Wilberforce University on the 20th and Lincoln Christian University on the 21st.