Thu, Feb. 18, 2010 - [Men's Basketball]
The Loras College Duhawks took sole possession of second place in the Iowa Conference with their 82-80 road win over the Wartburg College Knights on Wednesday night. The combination of the Duhawks win and Buena Vista loss means Loras is in the driver's seat for an opening round bye in the 2010 Iowa Conference Tournament. Wednesday night's victory was the sixth road win by the Duhawks in league play and moved them to 15-9 overall.
Individually for the Duhawks, a number of players made significant contributions over the 40 minutes. Connor Mooney scored a career high 20 points in his first trip to Levick Arena, going 7-for-11 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Among Connor's seven made field goals were four three point shots in five attempts. The first year point guard also threw out seven assists and eclipsed the 100 assist mark for the 2009-10 season. Mooney became just the ninth Duhawk to reach the century mark in a single season. He is currently tied for eighth with 105 and leads the IIAC in assist/turnover ratio.
Travis Guy also scored a career high on Wednesday, dropping in 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench. Guy made his only three pointer and each of his three free throws. He added three rebounds and two assists, including the defensive rebound and assist the put Mike Gleason in position for the game-winning basket in the game's final 10 seconds.
Loras scored 36 points off the bench between Guy, Jason Abbuhl, and Dan Pawelski. Pawelski scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to help Loras to 39 first half points. Pawelski was 5-of-8 in the first half in 13 minutes of action and made two shots from long distance. Abbuhl added his six points in the second half, making two key three pointers late in the game. Out of a timeout with less than nine minutes to go Abbuhl made his first trey to cut into the Knights' largest lead of the night (12) and start the Duhawks on their comeback. His second came with under a minute to go when the Duhawks were down 80-76 and made it a one possession game. Abbuhl was forced to foul Jordan Sathoff with under ten seconds to go and Sathoff missed the front end of a 1-and-1 bonus, setting up the aforementioned Mike Gleason for the final Loras shot of the night.
Gleason went 4-of-9 from the field including 3-of-5 from long distance on his way to 11 points and freed himself up on the right wing after Sathoff's first free throw bounced off the rim and into the hands of Travis Guy. Guy hustled down the floor onto the offensive end and found Gleason waiting at the three point arc for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket. With 1.4 seconds left the Knights drew up a play for a long pass and last-second shot, but the heave by Cole Danielson was well off the mark as the buzzer sounded.
Loras made a season high 13 three pointers on Wednesday in 20 attempts and shot 52.5% from the floor. The Knights countered with 32 made baskets (the same as the Duhawks) and 54.2% shooting on the night. They also had four players in double figures, but stayed in sixth place in the standings with the loss.
Dubuque's win in Storm Lake over Buena Vista pushed Loras into sole possession of second place. The Luther College Norse come to the AWC for Senior Day and the regular season finale for a 4:00 pm tipoff on Saturday to try and play the role of "spoiler". The Norse are 5-10 in league play, will miss the 2010 IIAC Tournament, and have split their last two games, each decided by two points or less. Luther defeated Wartburg 54-52 in Decorah on February 13th and dropped their Wednesday night tilt with the Cornell Rams 54-53. The Norse give up a league low 62 points per game to their opponents. WATCH GLEASON'S GAME-WINNING SHOT HERE