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Strong second half lifts Carlow past men

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Senior guard Rushan Roberts drives for a layup against Carlow last Tuesday. He recorded new career highs in points (26) and rebounds (11) in the loss.

Senior guard Rushan Roberts drives for a layup against Carlow last Tuesday. He recorded new career highs in points (26) and rebounds (11) in the loss.

Photo by Briana Walton | Point Park Athletics

Photo by Briana Walton | Point Park Athletics

Senior guard Rushan Roberts drives for a layup against Carlow last Tuesday. He recorded new career highs in points (26) and rebounds (11) in the loss.

Written By Derek Malush, Staff Writer

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The men’s basketball team dropped its 12th game in a row last week as the Pioneers fell to Carlow University 93-72, officially removing them from the River States Conference (RSC) playoff picture.

The loss comes after losing the team’s only power forward and leading rebounder in senior Fousseini Konate (9.4 RPG) to a concussion just seven minutes into the RSC matchup after he hit his head on the hardwood taking a charge.

“If I come back, I’m going to give it everything I got,” Konate said.

Point Park sophomore and leading scorer Daniel King (19.9 PPG) was also absent last week as he is dealing with a leg injury he suffered in practice.

“The hardest part is keeping everyone mentally engaged at this point,” head coach Gabe Bubon said. “It can be demoralizing at times, but at the end of the day these kids still fight as hard as they can.”

Senior guard Gavin Rajahpillay poured in 18 of his 32 points in the first half as he was keeping Point Park within striking distance of the Celtics.

The Pioneers then hit a scoring drought at the end of the first half that allowed them to score just six points in the final five minutes.

They ended the first half trailing the Celtics 34-30.

Senior guard Rushan Roberts set new career-highs in points and rebounds as he fueled the Pioneer offense with 26 points and 11 rebounds against his former team.

“This is my last year, so I’m going out with a bang,” said Roberts. “Despite our record, we are still going to fight until the clock hits zero.”

Carlow began to pull away at the start of the second half as the Celtics went on a 12-4 run that stretched their lead to 12 points.

The Celtics also buried seven of their 11 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes and shot 60 percent overall in the second half.

With Konate’s absence, the Pioneers were outrebounded 46-30 and shot just 40 percent from the floor.

Point Park was led by Roberts and Rajahpillay who accounted for 58 of Point Park’s 72 total points and 15 of the team’s 30 rebounds for the game.

Despite the Pioneers officially being booted from playoff contention, each game is still important to the team.

“We are all still going to show out and fight until it’s over,” Roberts said.

The Pioneers (4-19), (1-13 RSC) have a busy RSC week ahead of them as they take on the University of Rio Grande on Tuesday and then travel to Ohio Christian for a makeup game on Thursday

The Pioneers will conclude the season Saturday at West Virginia Tech.

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