ROCKFORD, Ill.- The Rockford University men's basketball team returned to action after the Thanksgiving holiday tonight to take on Dominican University in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener. The Regents were looking to end their three-game skid and start off the NACC on the right foot. Unfortunately, Rockford was unable to earn the victory falling by the final of 89-82.
The Regents began the game on fire taking their largest lead of the game 16-6, with over 13 minutes remaining in the first half, when Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) made a jumper. Rockford was unable to hold their double-digit lead as Dominican fought their way back into the game and took a lead into the half, 41-37. Diemer led the team with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The Regents shot very well from the field at just under 54%.
In the second half the Stars were able to increase their lead to nine points, their largest of the game, with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game. Rockford did not go away as they clawed their way back into a tie of 69-69 due to a 20-11 run. The comeback was fueled by the duo of Tony Diemer and Ben Weber (Rockford, Ill.) who combined to score 15 of the 19 points in the run which lasted for a little over five minutes. Once Dominican took a six point lead, Rockford again fought their way back into a tie at 78 when Weber made another nice layup. Ultimately, the Stars ended the game on an 11-4 run to hand the Regents a defeat by the final of 89-82. Overall, Rockford shot 49% from the field and had 35 free-throw attempts.
Leading the Regents for the game was sophomore Tony Diemer with a career-high 32 points and 13 rebounds. Diemer played an outstanding game and was the Rockford go-to scoring option throughout the game. Freshman Ben Weber also scored a career-high 18 points, 15 of which came after the half. Weber was a huge key to the Regents making a comeback in the second half. Senior Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) added 11 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Freshman Kivontay Shaw (Galesburg, Ill.) tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Rockford will look to garner their first win on Wednesday, November 30 against Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.