Duhawks Unable to Avenge 2OT Loss
Sun, Feb. 9, 2014 - [Men's Basketball]

Wartburg 85

Loras 80


The previous matchup between the two schools led to a double overtime 90-89 game in favor of Wartburg. Another high scoring affair was on display Saturday night as the visiting Knights were able to come away with a win at the Athletic and Wellness Center. The Duhawks had as much as a 13 point lead during the game but ultimately lost by 5, 85-80. Four Loras players scored in the double digits


Loras controlled the lead most of the first half. They seemed to be controlling many of the stat categories including bench points, rebounds, blocks, steals, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, and most importantly the score.


However, in the final two minutes of the half, Wartburg cut their deficit from 11 to only 6 going into the half with a score of 38-32, Duhawks. The Knights carried that momentum into the second half and scored the first two baskets after halftime. They quickly took the lead within five minutes.


The Duhawks fought back and reclaimed the lead within another five minutes. The two teams went back and forth exchanging leads. The game experienced eleven lead changes and seven tied scores.


The score was stuck at 69-68 in Loras' favor for almost two whole minutes when Jordan Cannon converted a basket while being fouled. He would go on to hit the free throw and the Knights took over from there.


The Duhawks continued to battle but could not get the score any closer than 3 points. The final play consisted of Wartburg inbounding the ball after a pair of free throws by Grcic. The ball was knocked loose but the Duhawks were not able to corral it and ended up fouling the Knights' Jordan Cannon who converted the free throws for the bonus and brought the score to its final 85-80 result.


Loras shot 47% (28-60) from the field, 41% (10-24) from beyond the arc and 70% (14-20) from the free throw line. Leading contributors for Loras were: Nathaniel Smith (18pts, 6reb), Mirko Grcic (15pts, 6rebs), Aaron Schueller (15pts, 3rebs), and Luke Barry (12pts).


The Duhawks (11-10, 4-6) now sit in 6th place in the Iowa Conference and face their cross-town rivals on Wednesday at 8pm at the University of Dubuque.