Comeback comes up short at Central
Sun, Feb. 2, 2014 - [Men's Basketball]

Central 76

Loras 74


A 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short and so did the Duhawks Saturday night against the Central Dutch. The shot by Alex Cline could have won the game for the Duhawks and completed a magnificent effort to erase a deficit they held just about the entire game. However, the final score was in favor of Central, 76-74.


The first ten minutes of the game consisted of a 22-6 run by the Dutch, putting the Duhawks in a sizeable hole early. Struggling to put up many points, they were able to decrease the deficit to 6 at half, trailing 31-25.


The difference seemed to remain around 9 points until there were three minutes remaining that is when the Duhawks made their push. While holding the Dutch scoreless for nearly two minutes, Nathaniel Smith converted an "and one" along with a pair of free throws and Alex Cline contributed a 3-pointer bringing the game to 71-68. A 3-pointer by Central's Kevin Kaerwer made it a 5 point game with only thirty seconds remaining. The Duhawks kept fighting and pressing the Dutch full court. Converting baskets on offense and then fouling on defense to stop the clock, the score crept closer. A 3-pointer by Aaron Schueller in the corner brought the score to 75-74 with eight seconds remaining.  A foul was placed on Kaerwer and he went on to make the first and miss the second. Ryan Coon rebounded the miss and passed up court to Bobby Harmening who did a dribble handoff with Cline on the right wing for the final shot.


This loss split the season series between the Dutch and Duhawks at one a piece, both winning on their home floors. Top contributors for Loras were Alex Cine (21 pts, 5rebs), Nathaniel Smith (20pts, 8rebs, 3 assts), and Aaron Schueller (13pts, 3assts). The Duhawks shot 43% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc and 78% from the free throw line.


Loras (11-8, 4-4) continues play on Wednesday at 8pm against Luther in the Athletic and Wellness Center. Four of the next five games are at home for the Duhawks.