Basketball Secures Hard-Fought Road Victory
Friday, January 20, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
RIVER FOREST, Ill. – It was game of peaks and valleys for the Rockford College men’s basketball team on Thursday evening when the team went on the road to face the Concordia University Chicago Cougars. In a first half that featured 8 lead changes, neither team was able to build much of a lead for the first 15 minutes. Over the final 4 minutes and 34 seconds, the Regents took control of the half going on a 15-4 run to close out the first half and build a 10 point, 42-32 halftime lead. The Cougars came out in the second half and took advantage of 4 early Rockford turnovers and poor shooting to cut the lead down to just one point less than 5 minutes into the second half, and subsequently retake the lead a couple of minutes later. The Cougars continued to build on their lead until they had their largest lead of the game at 57-49 with just under ten minutes remaining in the second half. Bound and determined not the let the game slip away, the Regents fought back to bring the game once again within one point, only to see the Cougars capitalize off of turnovers to go up 63-58 with just 4:45 remaining. It was beginning to appear as though every time Rockford was able to cut the Cougar lead down to a one possession game, Concordia Chicago was able to answer and bring it back to a more comfortable lead. With just under 3 minutes remaining and Rockford down three, senior Alen McVeigh (Rockford, Ill./Jefferson), who had just entered the game a handful of minutes earlier, hit perhaps the biggest shot of the game when he drained a three-point basket to tie the game at 65 and swing all of the momentum back towards the Regents. It was the only shot the senior took all evening. Shortly thereafter, Rockford took the lead on a pair of free throws. Hanging onto a 3-point lead with less than 20 seconds remaining, the Regents had to fend off a pair of last second 3-point attempts by the Cougars to tie the game as Concordia was only able to tip-in the final 3-point miss at the buzzer sealing a 73-72 Rockford victory. With the win, Rockford moves to 6-3 in the Northern Athletics Conference and remains in first place in the South Division.
On a night when most of the team struggled shooting the ball from the floor, Rockford saw two of its senior guards have career shooting nights. Paul Hall (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) was the leading scorer for the 3rd consecutive game. Hall poured in a career best 24 points at Rockford connecting on 5-8 of his 3-point attempts and going a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. The senior also recorded 2 assists and grabbed a rebound in the game. Dominique Walker (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) scored a career best 22 points at Rockford hitting on 7 of his 13 field goal attempts including going 2 for 5 on 3-point attempts. Walker was 6-7 at the free throw line, got 8 rebounds and tacked on a steal to round out his stat line. The Regents excelled at the free throw line going 21 for 26 from the charity stripe. It was the biggest difference in the game as Concordia Chicago was only able to get to the line 14 times and connect on 9 of them. Once again Rockford was able to make more free throws than its opponent attempted.
The men’s basketball team returns home on Saturday to face the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons at 4:15 p.m. at the Seaver Center. The Regents will look for their first win in the series since February of 2009 when they defeated the Falcons 68-55 at home.