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Basketball Opens Strong with Win at Millikin

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
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DECATUR, Ill. – The Rockford College men’s basketball team opened up its 2011-2012 season with a decisive 71-52 win at Millikin University.  Millikin opened the game on a 9-0 run in the first 3 minutes of the game.  The Regents then went on a 13-3 run of their own over the next 4 minutes to take the lead.  After trading baskets for the next few minutes, Rockford began building on its lead and entered halftime leading by 5 points.  The Regents took control of the game about midway through the second half building its lead to double-digits.  From that point on the Regents never led by less than 10 points in the game. They lead by as many as 20 points with just over 2 minutes remaining and cruised to a 19-point victory.   The 52 Millikin points are the least amount of points allowed by the Regents in a game since December 31, 2006 when Rockford defeated Westminister College (Utah) 52-51.  

The Regents showed improved toughness underneath the basket and an ability to create turnovers in Tuesday's game.  Rockford out-rebounded Millikin by 15 which led to a 7-point advantage for the Regents on second chance points.  The Regents also got fouled and converted their free throws, going 20-25 at the line.  In addition, the team scored 26 points off of 20 Millikin turnovers helping lead Rockford College to a 1-0 start to the season.

It truly was a team effort in Rockford’s opening win of the season.  The Regents had 5 players score at least 9 points in the game.  Sophomore Tory Minnifield (Blue Island, Ill./Eisenhower) recorded game highs in both points and rebounds: scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.  Minnifield also got to the free throw line 11 times and converted 8 into points.  Junior transfer Grant Olsen (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb) went 3-6 from the floor and chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds.  Thomas Hawkins (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) went 5-9 from the floor scoring 10 points and dishing out 4 assists off the bench for the Regents.  Junior transfer Keith Conway (Chicago, Ill./Hubbard) also scored 10 points off the bench including going a perfect 4-4 at the free throw line.  Senior Darryl Watkins (Rockford, Ill./Auburn) scored 9 points of the bench while going 4-6 from the floor including 1-1 from behind the arc.  The Regents bench did an outstanding job outscoring Millikin’s bench 35-8 for the game.

The men’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday, November 19th , for its home opener against Eureka College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the Seaver Center.  

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