Duhawks alive and well Wednesday night
Brian Gaughan logged five assists and a steal in 14 minutes.
Brian Gaughan logged five assists and a steal in 14 minutes.
Thu, Feb. 10, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]

With the flu bug in the rear view mirror and their backs firmly against the wall, the Duhawks swept the season series from Coe College on Wednesday night with a 70-68 victory in the AWC.

Tim Kelly scored a team high 18 points in 23 minutes to lead the Duhawks in the scoring column. Mike Gleason and Dan Pawelski each scored 10 points for Loras, Travis Guy 9, Connor Mooney 8, and Jordan Harrelson 7 on Wednesday.

Loras took an eight point lead into halftime, scoring 12 field goals, including five three pointers. The lead was as much as 15 at two different points in the first half.

The second half looked and felt much different, despite scoring the same number of field goals. Loras was less efficient from long distance and the free throw line, however. And yet the Duhawks maintained a double digit lead until the 5:30 mark. Alex Tatman scored eight points and Kevin Gaster made two free throws as part of a 10-2 run that had the Kohawks down by four points. Dan Pawelski made a basket and Jordan Harrelson made a free throw to get the Duhawks to 70 points with 50 seconds left and a seven point lead.

David Mataloni then made two free throws and Tatman knocked down another three pointer over the final 45 seconds to make it a two point game - all while the Duhawks were going 0-for-4 from the free throw line. After the final missed free throw the Kohawks turned to Andrew Wirth for the potential game-winning three pointer, but it clanged out to the weak side for a Mike Gleason rebound and no defenders in the area to foul him.

Loras' win was their second during the three-games-in-five-days stretch they were tasked with managing after Mother Nature moved their midweek game against Buena Vista to Monday. It also kept them alive in the hunt for an IIAC Tournament spot. Only Luther and Coe have locked up spots in the tournament to this point, and there are essentially five teams vying for the final four spots. With 14 league games under their belt, Loras will step back for a week and watch Saturday's schedule play out before traveling to Cornell (7-15, 2-11) next Wednesday night. Then the Duhawks close with Wartburg (8-13, 3-10) on Senior Day on February 19.