Duhawks into win column after taking down Pioneers
Tyson Handsaker returned to the Loras lineup with 12 points and 7 rebounds
Tyson Handsaker returned to the Loras lineup with 12 points and 7 rebounds
Tue, Nov. 30, 2010 - [Men's Basketball]

,The Loras College men's basketball team earned their first win of 2010 on Sunday by knocking off the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 63-61.

Tim Kelly led the Duhawks with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting and Tyson Handsaker came off the bench to score 12 points and pull down a team high seven rebounds, including 3-of-6 three-point shots and 3-of-4 free throws.

The Duhawks never led the home team have more than a six point lead, which the Pioneers started the game with, and the Duhawks took a slim one point lead into halftime, 23-22, thanks in part to their four first half three-pointers.

Neither team lit up the scoreboard in the opening 20 minutes, with the teams combining to shoot just 30%. The second half included much more scoring after the teams adjusted during halftime and when Reese Hartlage made two free throws halfway through the final 20 minute session things were looking good for Loras.

The lead was down to one point after a Joe Allen three-pointer cut the deficit to 47-46. But Handsaker answered with a three ball of his own on Loras' next trip down the floor. Tim Kelly's free throws with just 31 seconds left extended the lead back to seven, but the Pioneers weren't done.

Baskets by Nick Allen and Eric Gerber sandwiched around two free throw misses by Loras made it 61-59. Connor Mooney and Tyson Handsaker each split free throws in the final 12 seconds to get the Duhawks to 63 and Allen added two points to the UWP total from the free throw line as well.

The game's last possession came on the Pioneers' offensive end of the floor after Mooney's final free throw. Brett Stangel (who played all 40 minutes) missed the would-be game-winner to keep the Duhawks on top.

Loras was +3 in the rebounding battle and held the Pioneers to just four offensive rebounds. Mooney added seven assists.

The Duhawks make their home debut and their IIAC debut on the same night on Wednesday when they host defending IIAC Champion Central College at 8:00 PM in the AWC.