Regents Ground Falcons
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – The Rockford College men’s basketball team extended their win streak to six with a 68-55 victory over the visiting Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons in the opening round of the 2009 Northern Athletics Conference tournament on Wednesday night at the Seaver Center.
In front of a ruckus crowd, Rockford wasted no time in jumping all over the Falcons, scoring the game’s first 10 points. The Regents forced seven consecutive missed shots and two turnovers before the Falcons could get on the scoreboard with 14:18 to play in the first half. But Rockford did not slow down at all through the game’s fist 20 minutes. The Regents pushed their advantage to a game-high 19 points late in the half. Rockford used stifling defense (33.3% shooting from the field) and solid shooting (46.7%from the field) to establish a 38-24 lead at the break. Juniors Danny Armelin (Gonzales, TX/ Gonzales) and Andrew Weber (Roscoe, IL/ Boylan) combined for 25 points and six rebounds in the first half.
The 14 point halftime advantage game Rockford a needed bit of cushion as the Falcons feverishly tried to mount a comeback. A 16-6 run over five minutes midway through the second half cut Rockford’s lead to six. Five quick points from senior Rennell Taylor (Chicago, IL/ Hales Franciscan) and junior Randon Williams (Chicago, IL/ Westinghouse) extended the Regents’ lead back to a more comfortable 11 points.
Armelin’s 17 points led four Regents in double-figure scoring. Sophomore Taylor Stinson (Schiller Park, IL/ East Leyden) netted 16, while Williams recorded his second double-double in three games with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Weber’s all-around game was again on display as he scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, had six steals, and handed out six assists.
In other NAC quarterfinal action, Benedictine (#1 seed) defeated Marian (#8) 71-64. Wisconsin Lutheran (#7) beat host Edgewood (#2) 87-74. Aurora (#5) downed MSOE (#4) 85-80.
Rockford will host Wisconsin Lutheran College in the NAC semifinals on Friday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Seaver Center.