Duhawks handed defeat at the hands of the Spartans
Smith's 20 would not be enough to bring Loras a victory
Smith's 20 would not be enough to bring Loras a victory
Sat, Feb. 16, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director


Loras, 52
Univ. of Dubuque, 67


With the end of the season nearing, the Duhawks squared off against their crosstown rivals, the University of Dubuque Spartans on Saturday. Given the mid-week loss to the Central College Dutch, the Duhawks would need some late season magic in order to keep their season alive, the most important of which included earning a win against the Spartans.


As is always customary with these rivalry games, fans came out in droves to witness this Iowa Conference tilt. The home team was able to use the excitement in the gym to get themselves out to a huge first half lead. With the Spartans heading into their locker room with a 31-17 score, they seemed to execut their game plan during the first 20 minutes. The Duhawks, who have used the three-ball to their advantage, only went 2-of-9 from behind the arc. Additionally, a number of turnovers and offensive fouls prevented Loras from getting into a good rhythm.


Despite a closer fought second half, the Duhawks were unable to close the gap that the Spartans had built in the first half. Nathaniel Smith tallied 20 points on the day for Loras, the most by a single player on either team.


When the clock finally read zeroes, not only did the game and the 2012-2013 season come to an end, but also the careers of two of the finest Duhawks to ever put on the purple and gold. Both Connor Mooney and Kevin Walsh have exemplified over the past four years what it means to be a Duhawk both on the court and off. Their level of dedication and perseverance through injury serves as an example for all Duhawks past, present, and future.