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Tony Diemer's Last Second Layup Lifts Regents Over Warriors

Tony Diemer
Tony Diemer

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University men's basketball team (8-8, 7-4 NACC) won in a thriller on Tuesday night taking down the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warriors (6-10, 4-7 NACC) by a final score of 85-84. The game featured 12 lead changes and was a back-and-forth battle the entire way. Rockford would lead going into the half 47-41. It would come down to the dying seconds as Kevin Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) found his brother Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) to give his team the 85-84 lead with 7 seconds remaining. The Regents played well as they outscored the Warriors 54-34 in the paint and forced 21 turnovers on the defensive side. Part of what kept WLC in the game was its ability to score second chance points as the Warriors tallied 21 to just 8 for Rockford. RU also shot an impressive 37-of-62 (59.7%) from the floor on the night. With tonight's win the Regents are now in sole possession of third place in the NACC. Tony Diemer is also 22 points shy of 1500 in his career.



  • Neither team was able to gain much ground from each other as Rockford took a 15-9 lead just five minutes into the game.
  • From there the Warriors would go on their longest run of the game as they scored six straight points to tie the game at 15-15.
  • With Rockford down 29-28 with 7:33 to play in the first half the Regents put together their longest run of the game as they scored nine straight including  seven consecutive points from Will Adams (Chicago, Ill.). This run gave RU its largest lead of the night as the Regents led 37-29 with 4:33 to play in the half.
  • The Warriors would not shy away as they brought it to within two before Tony Diemer and Will Adams scored to close out the half to give Rockford a 47-41 lead.
  • RU shot an impressive 63.3% from the floor in the first.
  • Tony Diemer led the Regents at the half with 16 points. Taylor Krocker (Portage, Wis.) played well tallying 7 points and 6 rebounds.
  • It did not take long for the Warriors to catch back up to Rockford as it was knotted 55-55 just five minutes in.
  • Rockford found itself up 71-70 with still neither team giving up any ground. Kevin Diemer stepped up and drilled a huge three for the Regents before making a layup on Rockford's next possession to put RU up 76-72 with 4:26 remaining in regulation.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran converted both of its chances from the line to tie the game at 78-78 with only 2:48 to play.
  • It was Kevin Diemer again who lifted the Regents past the Warriors as he knocked down another three with 2:09 on the clock.
  • Collin Kennedy of WLC laid in his 27th point of the night to give the Warriors an 84-83 lead with 35 seconds to play.
  • Rockford took a timeout and drew up a play and it resulted in the go-ahead bucket for the Regents. Kevin Diemer found his brother in the paint and Tony finished it off nicely to give Rockford an 85-84 lead with 7.1 seconds in the game.
  • The Warriors would get a chance at a last second shot but Will Adams stepped up and took a charge to force a turnover and seal the game as the Regents held on for an 85-84 win.


  • With tonight's win the Regents are now in sole possession of third place in the NACC.
  • Five Rockford players finished the night scoring in double-digits.
  • Tony Diemer led the way as his go-ahead layup gave him a team-high 24 points shooting 10-of-16 from the field . Diemer also recorded 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Tony is just 22 points shy of 1500 for his career.
  • Kevin Diemer put together a nice game finishing with 14 points on 6-of-9 from the floor. Kevin also collected 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.
  • Will Adams performed well off the bench as he finished with 11points on 5-of-9 from the floor. Adams also added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a game sealing charge.
  • Brandon Emerick (Elkhart, Ind.) registered 11 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds.
  • Jeremiah Stewart (Chicago, Ill.) chalked up 10 points going 5-for-6 from the floor including an emphatic and-one dunk off a steal.
  • Taylor Krocker finished with a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench and also added 7 points.





The Rockford University men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, January 19 when it travels to take on Concordia Wisconsin. Tip-off is set for 4:15 PM.