Matt McKenna '11 nailed two big free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Aces pull out a 42-34 win on Tuesday. The Aces shot 15-17 overall from the line.
The Aces took care of business on Tuesday night, pulling out a hard-fought 42-34 victory on the road against Conestoga. It may not have been a masterpiece, but it was a character win in a tough environment and a statement that the Aces intend to be reckoned with as the regular season come to a close.
Clutch free-throw shooting and solid defense down the stretch sealed the victory for the Maroon & White. Leading by a point with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Aces came up with a steal that led to a fast-break bucket by Aaron Staley '10. Staley was fouled on the play and converted the foul shot to give the Aces a four-point cushion. Conestoga would not get any closer. LM connected on 15-17 foul shots for the game, and shot 7-8 in the final frame.
Staley and Alon Seltzer '10 led the way with 11 points apiece. Seltzer also added six rebounds. Oliver Cohen '10 finished with seven points, six assists and two steals. Also scoring for the Aces were Darius Hall '11 (4 points), Mike Robbins '12 (3 points), Mike Buchwald '11 (2 points), Xavion Walls '10 (2 points) and Matt McKenna (2 points, 4 assists). David Ancona-Cole '10 and Conor Foote '10 again had strong defensive outings.
After falling behind 9-6 at the end of the first quarter and trailing by as much as five points early in the second, the Aces went on a 19-11 run that put them in the lead for good. Mike Robbins '12 pulled the Aces within two (13-11) on a three-pointer. Aaron Staley '10 scored six of the Aces' next nine points, with all three baskets coming off of assists from Oliver Cohen '10 -- including a dunk that tied the game at 20. Cohen and Alon Seltzer '10 also had threes during the Aces' second quarter run. LM led 25-22 at halftime.
Conestoga drew within a point several times in the third quarter, but the Aces' defense held at every key juncture. LM limited the Pioneers to just four fourth quarter points.
The Aces play another big one on Friday as they host Ridley at 7:30 PM on Senior Night.