The Riverhawks won their first game of their season against Rio Grande 76-87. Rio Grande had not lost a game in their season until this loss to the Riverhawks.
Number 45 Cameron Lancaster won the tip off and then Sophomore Anthony Caplinger scored with a three-point shot to start off the game. Not even 20 seconds later, number 41 Sean Michael scored another three-point shot making the score 6-0 Riverhawks.
However, at half time, Rio Grande had the lead 42-40 by scoring the last two points three seconds before the buzzer went off to end the first half. “We need to shutdown their inside passing,” said Coach Louis Roy after coming out of the locker room. He also stated that the players needed to “move the ball around more.”
The game intensified in the second half. Number 31 Keith Penn received his fourth foul but signed to Coach Roy that he wanted to stay in the game. “I knew I was not going to make my last foul,” said Penn. He explained that when most players know they can’t foul again they play smarter and less aggressive which Penn actually thinks helped him to play better.
Number 43 Alex Tracewell was fouled In the fourth quarter with the referee explaining clearly to the Rio Grande players, “You can’t touch people.” A fan member shouted out “nice fake” because hardly anyone from Rio Grande believed that Tracewell was truly fouled. Fans were wishing that the referees would just “let them (the players) play ball.”
But Tracewell wasn’t the only source of disagreement for the Rio Grande fans and players. Penn was fouled in the fourth quarter, also, and stepped up to the line to shoot four shots. The first two were because of a regular one and one. The second two were added because of a technical against #52 for Rio Grande, and then the Rio Grande coach himself. It wasn’t made quite clear if Penn should have received four shots. One of the fan members for Rio Grande was screaming “Can I shoot one? Why doesn’t everyone just get a shot?”
The next game for the Riverhawks will be Nov. 17th, against Ohio University at their Zanesville campus.