Duhawks fall to Blue Jays, Boyd
Thu, Dec. 8, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]

Elmhurst 72, Loras 66

 

The Loras College men's basketball team used a mix of new faces and a veteran presence in their battle with the Elmhurst College Blue Jays on Wednesday night. The visitors ended the game on a 10-3 run over the final three minute to earn the hard-fought victory.

 

Brian Gaughan knocked a pair of first half three-pointers, including one that tied the game at 17-17. His six points were a Loras-best in the first 20 minutes. Six other Duhawks cracked the scoring column in the first half, including starter Tim Kelly and Aaron Schueller – who came off the bench to go 2-for-3 from the floor and pull down two rebounds in the first half.

 

The Blue Jays built a 32-28 halftime lead from the combined 22 points from Jerome Robinson and Zack Boyd.

 

The second half provided a total of ten lead changes and four additional ties. The Blue Jays held the lead for the first nine minutes of the second half until the teams began to slug it out for the next nine minutes.

 

Gaughan, Ryan Coon, Bobby Harmening, and Taylor Baxter each gave Loras a separate lead during that nine minute stretch.

 

With 2:17 to play, Boyd knocked down the three pointer that would give Elmhurst the lead for good, and the Blue Jays would end the night on a 10-2 run.

 

Loras went 10-for-30 from long distance. Coon and Harmening each went 2-for-2 from the field. Coon finished with seven points and tied for the team high with seven boards. Jordan Harrelson came off the bench to score eight points, add seven rebounds, and block three shots.

 

Boyd finished with 24 points for Elmhurst.

 

Loras played a total of 11 players, but didn't see any time from a pair of injured All-IIAC performers. Dan Pawelski continues to rehab an ankle injury and point guard Connor Mooney isn't expected back after an injury suffered against Luther.

 

Loras is off for the next ten days as they prepare for NAIA Ashford University on December 17 and NCAA Division I University of Northern Iowa on December 19.