Malone, Regents Cage Cougars
Friday, January 21, 2011
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – After five consecutive disappointing losses, the Rockford College men’s basketball team returned to the win column with a 75-73 home victory over the Concordia University Chicago Cougars. Rockford won the game on the back of senior leader Robert Malone (Stephens, Ark./ Stephens) who recorded career highs in both points and rebounds.
The game was played about as close as two teams can play. Neither team could really grab the game’s momentum as evidenced by 10 ties and 10 lead changes. Each time the Cougars took the lead, the Regents would come up with a big stop and respond with a bucket of their own, never allowing the Cougars to extend their leads beyond four points.
Rockford’s largest lead was seven points with 4:41 to play in the second half. It looked as though the Regents would be able to put the game away, but a quick 7-0 run by the Cougars left the score tied at 71 with 2:28 remaining. After a missed layup by CUC, Malone returned to his spot on the three-point arc and junior guard Paul Hall (Des Moines, Iowa/ Roosevelt) found him in rhythm, as Malone connected on his eighth three pointer of the game, the eventual game winner at the 1:39 mark. But Malone wasn’t done yet.
After a Cougar jumper to cut the lead to two and Rockford turnover, Malone returned to the defensive glass to grab his 16th rebound. A Concordia foul sent Malone to the free throw line with 4.6 seconds to play. Malone connected on one of two free throws, en route to the 75-73 final score.
Malone finished the game with 40 points on 14-21 shooting, including 8-10 from beyond the arc, 16 rebounds, three assists, and two steals while playing all 40 minutes. Though Malone’s numbers stand out, this was definitely a team win. All 11 Regents who saw time on the floor recorded at least one point, rebound, assist, block or steal. Senior Taylor Stinson (Schiller Park, Ill./ East Leyden) added nine points and six assists. Freshman Tory Minnifield (Blue Island, Ill./ Eisenhower) chipped in with eight points and six boards.
Rockford (7-9, 4-5 NAC) will travel to Mequon, Wis. on Saturday, as part of a women’s and men’s NAC doubleheader at Concordia University Wisconsin. The ladies will tip at 2:00 p.m. with the men to follow.