Aguilera’s double-double not enough for RIT

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The RIT (5-7, 3-2 Liberty League) men’s basketball team fell at Ithaca College (9-3, 4-1 Liberty League), 77-61 in Liberty League action from Ben Light Gymnasium Tuesday evening.

RIT shot 39.3 percent from the floor on 22-of-56 shooting. The Tigers went just 3-of-12 from behind the arc, and shot 14-of-20 from the foul line. Robert Aguilera (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and 14 rebounds. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and added two assists, two blocks and a steal. Troy Pierre-Louis (Providence, RI/Berkshire School) tallied 13 points, while Will Atkinson (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) chipped in with nine points.

Marc Chasin led Ithaca with 22 points. Peter Ezema tallied 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bombers, who shot 43.8 percent from the floor.

RIT trailed 39-31 at halftime. The Tigers shot 45.8 percent from the floor on 11-of-24 shooting. Aguilera (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) led the Tigers with nine points and six rebounds, while Atkinson (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) chipped in nine points off the bench.

The Tigers trailed 37-24 late in the first half after an Ezema bucket for the Bombers. The Tigers outscored Ithaca 7-2 over the final 2:28 to trail by eight at the break. Aguilera and Marcell Davis (Buffalo, NY/St. Joseph’s Institute) led the way for RIT, combining to score all seven of RIT’s points to close out the half.

RIT scored the first six points of the second half, cutting the Ithaca lead to 39-37 on a layup by Troy Pierre-Louis (Providence, RI/Berkshire School) with 18:28 to play. Trailing 47-44, Anthony Lewis (Rochester, NY/Churchville-Chili) scored a fast-break with 12:17 to play off an assist from Jaymee Rosser (Newark, NY/Newark) to pull the Tigers within one at 47-46.

Ithaca responded with a 10-2 run, taking a 57-48 lead on a jumper by Sebastian Alderete with 9:05 to play. A pair of Pierre-Louis free throws cut the Bombers lead back to 57-50 at the 8:26 mark. That would be as close as RIT would get, as Ithaca pulled away late.

Both teams had 41 rebounds. RIT turned the ball over 23 times to just nine for Ithaca. The Bombers out-scored RIT 29-4 off turnovers, which proved to be the difference.

RIT returns to action on Friday, Jan. 12 when the Tigers host Skidmore College at 8 p.m. on the floor of Clark Gymnaisum.

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