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Basketball Bounces Back from Slow Start to Defeat Dominican

Thursday, December 08, 2011  
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RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The men’s basketball team kept rolling last night in conference play with a 71-63 against the Dominican University Stars.  However, it was not easy as the Regents got off to a slow start falling behind 7-0 just under 4 minutes into the game and trailed for the entire first half.  Rockford struggled to find is rhythm in the first half shooting only 32.0% from the floor and consequently finding themselves down by as many as 12 points.  A 17-9 run to close out the first half cut the Stars lead down to only 4 points at halftime.  Rockford came out in the second half hitting on all cylinders.  Just under 4 minutes into the second half the Regents took their first lead of the evening.  Rockford shot an amazing 63% from the field in the second half and built its largest lead of the game to 11 points with 4:19 remaining in the second half.  Rockford College has now defeated the Stars in 4 of the last 5 meetings and 3 in row after Wednesday’s 8-point victory.

Rockford saw 3 players score in double figures and another on the cusp of double digits.  Sophomore Tory Minnifield (Blue Island, Ill./Eisenhower) continued his hot shooting scoring a game high 24 points against Dominican.  Minnifield has now scored over 20 points in consecutive games for the first time this season.  Senior Paul Hall (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) played a great all-around game at the point for Rockford.  Hall scored 10 points, making all 3 of his 3-point shot attempts, got 7 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists.  Danny Fair (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) just missed getting a second straight double-double on Wednesday evening.  Fair scored 9 points while getting 10 rebounds.  It was the third game of the season that Fair has grabbed 10 or more rebounds for the Regents.  Senior Dominique Walker (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) provided some much needed help of the bench especially in the second half for Rockford.  Walker scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as the Regents began to take control of the game.  

The men’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday December, 10th when they travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to face the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors.  Tip-off is at 4:15 p.m.

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