Tue, Feb. 23, 2010 - [Men's Basketball]
The Loras College men's basketball team lost their opening round game of the Iowa Conference Tournament on Tuesday night, 74-65. The third seed entering the game, Loras was kept from the win column by converting on just 21 field goal attempts, while the sixth seeded Wartburg team shot 54.9% on the night.
Point guard Connor Mooney led the Duhawks with 20 points, going 6-of-8 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free throw line. Loras' top two scorers, Mike Gleason and Tim Kelly were held to a combined seven points on 3-of-24 shooting, including 1-of-11 from long distance. Alex Brant added a solid nine points and nine rebounds (six offensive) in his final game in a Loras uniform. Fellow senior John Johann added five points and an assist. Jason Abbuhl didn't crack the scoring column, but added six boards and an assist on Tuesday.
The Duhawks erased an eight point Wartburg lead in the final three minutes of the first half to tie the game at 37-37, but struggled out of the locker room in the second half. Wartburg started the second half on a 9-0 run before Mooney made two free throws. Loras made their first field goal of the second half with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game when Johann knocked down a three pointer.
Travis Guy added nine points and Dan Pawelski seven for the Duhawks off the bench, combining to go 11-of-12 from the free throw line.
For the Knights, it was a steady dose of Kelly McCarville on the post and Jordan Sathoff's 17 points that paced the visitors. McCarville posted a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sathoff nearly did the same with his nine boards. Wartburg shot nearly 55% from the field and out-rebounded the Duhawks 41-36. They will play Buena Vista in the semifinals on Thursday night.
The Duhawks pulled down 13 offensive rebounds, but managed only six second chance points. They only turned the ball over five times, a season low. But they also made just 4-of-22 threes (2-of-11 in each half) and made more free throws, 10, than field goal, 8, in the second half thanks to the Knights steady defense.
Abbuhl, Brant, and Johann wrapped up significant and highly respected careers as a result of the loss and say goodbye to the program with 74 wins over the last four seasons. Loras closes the books on the 2009-10 season at 15-11 overall, and 10-6 in the Iowa Conference. The Duhawks were picked to finish tied for sixth in the preseason Iowa Conference poll this season and posted their ninth straight winning season.