44-point effort buries Regents
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
By Doug Goodman
Posted Nov 18, 2009 @ 10:50 PM
ROCKFORD — Eureka College rode Kameron Bell’s career-best 44-point effort to a 91-90 victory Wednesday over Rockford College.
Bell, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, hit a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left and the shot clock winding down to seal the win.
“It was more of a forced shot,” said Bell, who once scored 42 points in a high school game. “But I knew it was going in. My teammates had confidence in me.”
Bell was 17-of-28 from the field (2-of-4 on 3s) and 8-for-8 at the line. He also had nine rebounds and two steals.
“We really couldn’t get it going on defense, and it was over,” said Rockford’s Robert Malone.
Bell’s performance overshadowed an outstanding effort for Malone, who scored 35 points (16-of-19 from the field).
The 6-4 junior netted 15 in the first half as Rockford (1-1) never trailed and led by as many as eight. The Regents had a 41-34 halftime edge.
Rockford was up 60-47 with 14:02 left in the second half after Malone scored 12 consecutive points.
Eureka (1-0) stormed back and took its first lead at 80-79 on Bell’s only other 3 with 3:41 left.
Rockford hurt itself down the stretch, missing four free throws.
“You’ve got to make free throws, especially at home” said Rockford coach Ryan Rebsom. “That really killed us.”
Eureka shot 65 percent in the second half and 49 percent for the game. Rockford shot 56 percent after intermission and 52 percent for the night.
Taylor Stinson had 19 points for Rockford, while teammate Andrew Weber had nine points, eighth assists and six steals.
Weber hit a 3 at the buzzer to cut the final deficit to one.