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La Roche reaches conference final

| Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011

La Roche's run to the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament will have to go through Penn State Behrend.

Behind freshman forward David Jackson' first career double-double, the top-seeded Redhawks (24-2) defeated Hilbert, 86-69, on Friday to advance to their second Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference final.

Second-seeded Penn State Behrend (23-3) defeated Medaille, 58-51, in the other conference semifinal at La Roche.

The Redhawks trailed by 13 points in the first half before rallying. Nate Wojciechowski led the Redhawks with 22 points, and Laron Mann added 18 points and five assists.

La Roche finished the season 17-1 in AMCC play, the only setback a 64-41 loss at Penn State Behrend on Jan. 29. The Redhawks defeated the Lions, 67-61, at home Feb. 7.

The conference final is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at La Roche's Kerr Fitness Center.

The La Roche women's basketball team advanced to its first AMCC title game yesterday with a 62-51 win over Pitt-Bradford. La Roche faces the winner of last night's Medaille-Penn State Behrend at 3 p.m. today at Kerr Fitness Center.

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