Regents Win 500th in Record Breaking Fashion
Monday, February 16, 2009
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – The basketball displayed by the 2008-09 Rockford College men’s basketball team on Saturday not only made the teams of the last two years a distant memory, but almost an aberration. Gone are the days of 4-46 over a two year span. They have been replaced by an exciting brand of basketball exemplified by Saturday’s 99-77 win over NAC North division leader Edgewood College. The victory was Rockford’s 500th in the program’s 53 year history, but more importantly it essentially assured the Regents a spot in the NAC postseason tournament at 14-9 (9-6 NAC).
Even during the game’s pre-game warm-ups, there seemed to be a different aura and sense of confidence surrounding the Regents. With the stands packed, Rockford let their confidence show from the game’s opening tip. Rockford scored the game’s first five points and never looked back. Five minutes into the game, the Regents has built a 10 point advantage, broken a school record and were well on their way to breaking another. With his first steal of the game, junior Andrew Weber (Roscoe, IL/ Boylan) broke Steve Leathers record of 59 steals in a single season set back in 1995-96. Sophomore Taylor Stinson (Schiller Park, IL/ East Leyden) also connected on his first three three-pointers in what would be a record day for him as well. Rockford was dominant during the game’s first half. Their 54.3% shooting and plus-six rebounding advantage game Rockford a 48-36 advantage.
The overwhelming performance did not slow with the halftime break. The Regents went on a 21-3 run over a seven minute period in the early in the second half to blow the game wide open, establishing a game-high 71-43 lead. Taylor continued his shooting exhibition in the second half, going 4-8 from beyond the arc, his final three breaking Rockford’s record for three's in a game (8) once held by three players including Rockford assistant coach Geoff Wing. Perhaps the most fitting moment of the game came with just under three minutes to play when the Regents faithful rose to their feet with a standing ovation for the Regents’ sole senior Rennell Taylor (Chicago, IL/ Hales Franciscan) in his final regular season home game.
Stinson led four Regents in double-figure scoring with 29 points. Junior Danny Armelin (Gonzales, TX/ Gonzales) scored 20, while Taylor and junior Garrett Staniec (Glenview, IL/ Glenbrook South) added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Webber added nine points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and five steals.
Rockford will travel to Sheboygan, WI on Tuesday to face Lakeland College.