ROCKFORD, Ill.- The Rockford University men's basketball team returned to action tonight looking to earn their first victory of the young season against Carroll University. The Regents fell behind early but scratched and clawed their way back into the game in the second half. Unfortunately, Rockford was unable to finish it off falling by the final of 84-71.
Carroll immediately started the game out on fire putting Rockford in a 13-2 hole with just under four minutes into the opening period. However, The Regents did narrow the margin to just three points after a layup by Kivontay Shaw (Galesburg, Ill.) with 11:40 remaining in the first half. Rockford continued to chip away at the lead as they knotted the score at 20, when Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) knocked down a jump shot with seven minutes remaining in the half. Unfortunately, the Pioneers used a 23-6 run to take a 43-26 lead into the half. Leading Rockford in the opening half was Zach Wallace (Rockford, Ill.) with 12 points and 7 rebounds. The Regents also shot 42.9% from the field.
In the second half, Rockford fell behind by as many as 23 points. However, the Regents did not give up scratching and clawing their way back into the game. They were able to narrow the margin all the way down to eight points with just under three minutes remaining off of a Wallace made layup. Ultimately, the impressive comeback fell just short as the Regents fell by the final of 84-71. For the game, Rockford shot an impressive 50.8% from the field and outrebounded Carroll 35-28.
Leading the Regents on the night were Zach Wallace with another gigantic performance tallying 31 points and 15 rebounds. He now has two double-doubles on the season. Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Tony Diemer also scored in double-figures with 11 points.
The Rockford University men's basketball team will return to action Saturday, November 26 to take on Dominican University at the Seaver Center with a scheduled start time of 3 p.m.