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Regents Fall to Eagles in Closing Minutes

Tony Diemer
Tony Diemer

MADISON, Wis. - The Rockford University men's basketball team fell 85-72 to the Edgewood College Eagles on Saturday. The Regents led a for the majority of the first half and a good chunk of the second half, but ultimately came up short in the final six minutes. The difference in the game was Edgewood's ability to get points off its bench and capitalize on second chance opportunities. The Eagles outscored the Regents 23-12 in bench points and 23-4 in second chance points.

The first half went back and fourth over the opening 12 minutes with a total of five lead changes before Rockford seemed to take control heading into halftime. The Regents used a 7-0 run late in the first half capped off by a three-point basket from Ben Temrowski (Rochester, Mich.) to take a 30-23 lead, their largest of the day. The Eagles were able to close within one point after a 6-0 run of their own; however, Rockford was able to regain a 7-point lead moments later thanks in part to a Ben Weber (South Beloit, Ill.) three-pointer with 2:04 remaining in the half. The Eagles then scored the final points of the opening period as Rockford entered the intermission with a 38-33 advantage. 

Rockford continued to hold onto a slim lead in the opening portion of the second half, but this time it was Edgewood who took control down the stretch. Edgewood began to build some momentum midway through the second half when it used a 5-0 run to take a 54-49 lead, its largest at that point. Following a timeout, Rockford promptly responded with a 5-0 run of its own led by four points from Zach Wallace (Rockford, Ill.) to once again tie the game. The two schools then traded baskets over the next few minutes with neither team able to gain any separation. The turning point in the game came when the Eagles went on a 12-4 run to take a six-point lead with just under three minutes remaining. Unfortunately Rockford was never able to substantially close the gap as Edgewood made its free throws down the stretch en route to an 85-72 win. 

Sophomore Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) followed up his triple-double on Wednesday with a double-double on Saturday. Diemer scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. 

Seniors Zach Wallace and Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) both played well in the loss. Wallace was the only other Regent to reach double-figures with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Blumhorst had a good all-around game with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. 

Ben Temrowski led the Rockford bench with 9 points off 3-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc. 

The RU men's basketball team returns to the court on Tuesday, January 10 at Aurora University. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM.