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Kivontay Shaw's Last Second Three Lifts the Regents Over the Stars

Kivontay Shaw
Kivontay Shaw

RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Rockford University's Kivontay Shaw hit perhaps the biggest three of his collegiate career in Rockford's (2-3, 1-1 NACC) 87-84 road win over Dominican (2-3, 0-2 NACC) on Saturday. With the game tied in the closing moments of the second half, Shaw calmly stepped up to the three-point line and drained his only triple of the afternoon with 1.7 seconds left, to give Rockford its first NACC win of the season. The Regents probably played their best all-around game of the season on Saturday. Rockford made a season-high 30 field goals, while also shooting a season-high 52.6% from the floor. The Regents also had season-highs in free throw attempts (28), made free throws (21) and free throw percentage (75.0%). Finally, Saturday's win marked the third time in the last four games that Rockford outrebounded (32-27) its opponent.

  • Rockford was in control for the vast majority of the first half, as the Regents trailed for a total of 20 seconds. 
  • The Regents opened the game on a 13-4 run to take their largest lead of the first half. P.J. Gray III and Cody Ripato combined to score all 13 points. Gray led the way with eight while Ripato added five.
  • Dominican would slowly chip away at the lead, until the Stars eventually tied the game at 19-19 with 8:40 remaining in the first half.
  • The Stars were then able to briefly take a one-point lead at the 7:50 mark.
  • However, Rockford responded with a 14-5 run, capped off by a Brandon Emerick triple, to pull back in front by eight. Four different Regents scored over that span, led by seven from Justen Kidd.
  • Unfortunately, the Stars closed the half strong, with 14 points over the final four plus minutes, to tie the game at 41-41 with 30 seconds remaining.
  • The Regents would have the last laugh though, as Zachary Burzawa scored on a made putback in the final seconds, to take a 43-41 advantage into the break.
  • The game went back-and-forth over the first ten minutes of the second half with both teams leading at various points.
  • Rockford however, seemed to take control with eight straight points with just under ten minutes left in the game. Addison Bode got things started with a made layup, followed by back-to-back triples from Brandon Emerick, to give Rockford its largest lead of the game at 71-60.
  • The pesky Stars would not go away quietly though, as they slowly chipped away at the Regent lead over the next five and a half minutes. Dominican used a 16-4 run over that span to take a 76-75 advantage with just 3:05 left in the game.  
  • Dominican would extend its lead to as many as three points on multiple occasions, with the latest coming at the 1:54 mark. 
  • Rockford's Vincent Eugene then connected on two free throws over the next 30 seconds to make it just a one point game. 
  • One possession later, Eugene gave his team an 84-82 lead, after converting an old fashioned three-point play with 39 seconds remaining. 
  • Unfortunately, the Stars tied the game on their very next possession, giving Rockford one final shot to win the game in regulation. 
  • With the seconds ticking away and the game still tied, Vincent Eugene drove towards the lane and kicked the ball out to Kivontay Shaw, who calmly drained the game-winning triple with 1.7 seconds remaining. 
  • Dominican's final shot attempt was off the mark, as Rockford came out on top, with the thrilling victory. 

  • Vincent Eugene led the Regents with a season-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Eugene also added 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
  • Brandon Emerick finished with 12 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. 
  • P.J. Gray III had 11 points and 2 rebounds. 
  • Kivontay Shaw added 11 points, including the game-winning triple, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. 

The RU men's basketball team returns home on Wednesday, December 4 against Marian University. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM in the Seaver Center.