ROCKFORD, Ill.- The Rockford University men's basketball team opened their season against the University of Dubuque. The Regents played in a tight battle for most of the game but fell behind by double digits with 10 minutes left in the second half and were never able to narrow the margin. Rockford fell by the final of 91-70.
The Regents jumped out of the opening tip on fire taking a 10-2 lead with just over three minutes off the clock. Rockford was ultimately unable to hold onto the as Dubuque used a 13-3 run to take the lead by two with 13 minutes remaining in the half. The Regents could not pull any closer as the Spartans widened their lead and took a 45-36 lead into halftime. Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) had a team-high 8 points and 3 assists at the half. Rockford shot 45.5% from the floor and 57.1% from the three-point line.
To begin the second half, Dubuque increased their lead to 12 points with 17 minutes remaining in the second half. The Regents narrowed the margin down to 4 points when Zach Wallace (Rockford, Ill.) made a layup. Wallace's bucket capped off a 10-2 run for Rockford. However, the Regents were unable to continue their comeback as they could only manage to get the deficit down to three points the rest of the game. Ultimately, Rockford ended up falling by the final of 91-70. For the game, the Regents shot 41.8% from the field and 39.1% from the three-point line.
During the second half, Zach Wallace scored his 1,000th point of his career off of a free throw attempt. Wallace came into the game needing 13 points and he was able to post 14 points on the night. He also had a team-high 8 rebounds.
Leading Rockford on the night were Blumhorst with a team-high 16 points with 4 rebounds. In his first collegiate game Kivontay Shaw (Galesburg, Ill.) posted 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4 rebounds. Jacob Siewert (Streamwood, Ill.) tallied 9 points, a team-high 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
The Rockford University men's basketball team will return to action Saturday, November 19 at Eureka College in Eureka, Ill. with a scheduled start time of 4:15 p.m.