ROCKFORD, Ill.- The Rockford University men's basketball team returned to action today to take on MSOE on senior day at the Seaver Center. The Regents were honoring two seniors playing in their final games today. Unfortunately, Rockford was unable to comeback and pull off a victory. The Regents fell by the final of 68-66.
After Ben Weber (South Beloit, Ill.) connected on a layup, MSOE went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-4 lead with just over 15 minutes remaining in the half. The Raiders had opened up an eight-point lead before the Regents were able to go on a 10-0 run to retake the lead 20-18 with 9:33 remaining. Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) led the charge with 6 points. Both teams traded baskets before MSOE was able to take an 11-3 run into halftime to take a 38-30 lead. Diemer led the Regents with 10 points at the half.
Rockford began the half falling behind by their largest deficit, 44-34 with 17:45 remaining in the game. The Regents showed their fight by responding with a 14-4 run to tie the game up at 48 with just over 11 minutes remaining. Diemer led the scoring run with 6 points. After the Raiders were able to expand their lead back to six points, Rockford once again battled back to tie the game up at 64 with 2:05 remaining off of a Zach Wallace (Rockford, Ill.) made free throw. MSOE regained the lead and were ahead by two points when Diemer could not connect on a three-point attempt with two seconds remaining in the game. The Raiders escaped by the final of 68-66. Rockford shot 43.5% and MSOE shot 42.6% from the floor.
Zach Wallace competed in his final game in a Regent uniform notching a double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking 3 shots. Wallace finishes his career with 1,529 points and in seventh on the school's all-time scoring list. He also finished his career in sixth on the all-time rebounds list (801) in the school's history. Wallace also holds the school's all-time blocks record in a single-season (70) and for a career (207). Wallace holds the career field-goal percentage record (58.1%). He finishes the regular season in first in points per game (21.7), rebounds per game (11.5) and second in field-goal percentage (61.4%).
Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) competed in his final game in a Regent uniform. He has had an injury-riddled career but has made a significant impact on the Rockford University program. Blumhorst had 5 points, 8 assists and 2 rebounds for the game.
The Rockford University men's basketball team wrapped up the season with nine wins and in seventh in the NACC standings.