Sat, Nov. 19, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]
The Duhawks first road games of 2011-12 took them to Arden Hills, Minnesota this weekend. On Friday night, the Duhawks lost 70-60 to UW-River Falls. They bounced back on Saturday night with a win over Bethany Lutheran, 74-60.
A slow-moving first ten minutes for the Duhawks and the Falcons out of the gate gave way to Loras' first lead of the game with 8:04 to go in the first period when Taylor Baxter knocked down a three-pointer to put the Duhawks up 13-12.
The teams would go back and forth over the final eight minutes of the first half before a Connor Mooney jump shot put the Duhawks back within one point at 25-24 at the intermission. Loras went 10-of-31 in the first half compared to River Falls' 7-for-28, but the Falcons used nine free throws to take the slim lead into the locker room.
River Falls capped a 12-4 run to start the second half on a long distance shot from Ethan Thomforde to make it 37-28 and the Duhawks were never closer than four point away from the Falcons.
The Duhawks did have one late charge left with a little more than a minute remaining. Down 12 at the 1:05 mark, Taylor Baxter and Connor Mooney sandwiched a pair of threes around a pair of Aaron Anderson missed free throws to cut the lead to 66-60. River Falls would close things out with four free throws as two late shots by Baxter and Mooney missed their mark.
Mooney led all Duhawks with 15 points and six assists and Baxter was next with 13 points. Dan Pawelski blocked five shots and scored five points.
Loras-74, Bethany Lutheran-60
The Duhawks cracked the win column for the first time in 2011-12 with their Saturday night win over Bethany Lutheran College, 74-60. The Duhawks scored 47 points off their bench, including 34 in the second half and a Loras-best 17 by Tim Kelly to get there.
Trailing 32-27 at halftime, the Duhawks turned to Kelly for 12 of his 17 points and three of his four three-pointers to quickly cut into the Bethany Lutheran lead.
Just shy of four minutes into the second half, the momentum turned on a Jordan Harrelson dunk and free throw on the Gavin Kroehler foul. Harrelson gave the Duhawks their second and final lead of the night on Loras' next possession and Connor Mooney followed with a three-pointer to put the Duhawks in the driver's seat.
The Duhawks built the lead to as many as 17 at 65-48 with 6:47 to play.
Loras went 14-for-26 from the field over the final 20 minutes, scoring 47 second half points. Among the 14 field goals were seven threes. The Duhawks were +4 in the rebounding department and blocked seven more shots on Saturday to go with their six from Friday.
Pawelski was just two points behind Kelly for team high honors with 15. He added seven rebounds. Nathaniel Smith scored 10 points and had five rebounds to go with his two assists and two blocks.
Next up for the 1-2 Duhawks is a post-Thanksgiving trip to Chicago to face the University of Chicago on the 26thand North Park University on the 27th.