Duhawks split Windy City weekend
Mon, Nov. 28, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]

Loras moved to 2-3 with a Saturday loss and Sunday win in Chicago over the weekend. The Duhawks dropped an 80-75 game at the University of Chicago but rebounded to a 62-54 win over North Park on Sunday.


Chicago 80, Loras 75


A back-and-forth start to the weekend saw the Duhawks and University of Chicago Maroons tied 11 times in the first half alone before the hosts took a 44-41 lead into halftime.


Jordan Harrelson went 5-for-5 from the floor in nine minutes to lead the Duhawks in the first half and Dan Pawelski was 3-for-5 and pulled down five boards as the teams traded punches. Loras also made 5-of-10 three point shots in the opening 20 minutes.


Sam Gage and Matt Johnson scored 22 of the Maroon's 36 second half points to help push them into the win column.


After trading baskets for much of the second half, Johnson knocked down a three pointer with 3:25 to go to give Chicago their final lead of the game. It gave the Maroons a 71-68 lead.


Harrelson's impressive day included a late three pointer to get Loras within four at 77-73, but three more free throws by Chicago down the stretch kept the Duhawks out of reach.


Harrelson finished 8-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 from long distance to lead all scorers with 22 points. Loras shot 54% en route to their season high 75 points.


Loras 62, North Park 54


The Duhawks defeated the Vikings of North Park University on Sunday by eight points, outscoring the hosts by four points in each half on the way to their second win of 2011-12.


Connor Mooney went 10-of-14 from the free throw line on his way to a game high 15 points for Loras. Mooney added three assists and a steal to go with his turnover-free performance.


Harrelson followed Saturday's performance with a 5-for-10 day from the floor for 14 points with seven rebounds and four blocks. Tim Kelly joined them in double figures with 12 points and eight rebounds.


Each team had 10 assists, 10 turnovers, and six blocks, but the Duhawks used the free throw line and timely three-point shooting to earn the victory. Loras made 13-of-17 free throws over the final eight minutes. Connor Mooney's three-pointer early in the second half opened up an six point lead and then Harrelson's with less than two minutes to go made it 58-50.


Loras will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday to open their Iowa Conference slate against the Kohawks at 8:00 PM.