Men's Basketball Suffers First Loss at Alleghney Holiday Tournament

Meadville, PA (11/28/09) -- George Raftis finished with a double-double while Henry Heeter buried five 3-pointers in the first half, leading the Allegheny men's basketball team to a 95-68 home-opening win over Montclair State on Saturday in the nightcap of Allegheny Holiday Tournament action at the David V. Wise Center.

Montclair State (3-1), which suffered its first loss of the season, and Case Western will meet in Sunday's consolation game at 1 p.m.

Raftis had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Allegheny, which jumped to an 8-0 lead and never looked back. Heeter, who ended up with 17 points, made his first 3 just nine seconds into the contest. Charlie Jaicks followed with another 3 and then Craig Devinney put in a layup.

Heeter's second 3 capped a five-point Gator run, making the score 19-6. With 11:05 left in the first half, the Red Hawks made their first field goal -- a dunk by Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ / Newark Tech).

Allegheny (3-0) responded to the dunk with a 10-point run and took a 29-8 advantage. Heeter started and finished the outburst, planting bookend 3s, while Devone McLeod and Donte Briscoe contributed layups in-between.

Heeter's fifth trey was also a momentum builder. With 6:17 left in the first, he triggered a 15-point Allegheny streak. Raftis had seven points during the run.

In the first half, Heeter was 5 of 6 from 3-point land while the Gators went 7 of 13 as a team. From the field, Allegheny shot 20 of 31 (64.5 percent) and the Red Hawks were 7 of 32 (21.9 percent).

The Gators' largest lead was 37 points with 1:03 to go in the opening half. Jaicks made back-to-back free throws. He finished with 16 points and six assists. McLeod also made six assists, Devinney had two steals and Donte Briscoe contributed eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.

Seth Eisner added four 3-pointers for Allegheny, which went 12 of 25 from beyond the arc. He had 16 points -- 13 which came in the second half. Raftis, who is averaging 21 points per game, is now fourpoints away from having 1,000 as a Gator.

McRae led the visitors with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals. John Byrne (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) added 15 points while Ali Mix (East Orange, NJ / East Orange Campus) and David McDaniel (Plainfield, NJ / Rutgers Prep) put in nine points apiece for Montclair, which once closed the deficit to 22 points at 77-55 with 5:19 left in the game.