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Tony Diemer's Thirty-Eight Points Lifts Rockford Over Marian in a Four-Overtime Thriller

Tony Diemer
Tony Diemer

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - The Rockford University men's basketball team (1-5, 1-3 NACC) earned a hard-fought 115-110 four-overtime road victory against the Marian University Sabres (2-4, 1-3 NACC) on Wednesday night. The Regents and Sabres are no stranger to overtime games, as now three of the last six meetings between the two schools have required at least one overtime period, with Rockford winning two of the three. Wednesday night's game was extremely close throughout, featuring 16 ties and 11 lead changes. Statistically the game was a dead heat in nearly every category. Rockford made 39 baskets and shot 42.9% from the floor compared to 38 made baskets on 39.6% shooting for Marian. The Regents also held a razor slim 60-59 edge in rebounding. However the one area where Rockford had huge advantage was at the free throw line. Rockford made as many free throws, 29, as the Sabres attempted, which led to a key eight point edge at the charity stripe for the Regents.

 

  • The opening moments of the game belonged to the Sabres, as Marian began with a 7-0 run to take the early lead. 
  • Marian would extend its lead to as many as fourteen points with 7:06 remaining in the first half. 
  • The Regents then steadily chipped away at the Sabre advantage over the next five and half minutes with a 20-5 run of their own.
  • Jeremiah Stewart (Chicago, Ill.) was unstoppable during that span, scoring 14 of the Regents' 20 points, including the final 10, to give Rockford its first lead of the game at 36-35.
  • The two team traded baskets over the final 1:45 of the first half, with Marian taking a 40-38 lead into the break.
  • Rockford used a 9-0 run to recapture the lead less than three minutes into the second half. Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) led the charge scoring five of the nine RU points.
  • The Regents' lead hovered around five points until the Sabres hit back-to-back threes to take a 59-58 advantage with 10:12 remaining in the second half.
  • Marian would extend its lead as many as eight points, at 66-58, before Rockford once again responded with a run of its own.
  • The Regents scored the next eight points, led by five from Talon Hardin (Rantoul, Ill.), to knot the game at 66-66. 
  • Senior Taylor Krocker (Portage, Wis.) put his team back in front 72-71 with a pair of clutch free throws with just under two minutes remaining in regulation.
  • After Marian retook the lead, Krocker then tied the game at 74-74 on a key layup with just over one minute remaining to force overtime. 
  • Tony Diemer jump-started the RU offense in the first overtime period with back-to-back threes tie to the game at 80-80. 
  • Following a Rockford free throw and a Marian three-point basket, Kevin Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) came through at the free throw line in the closing seconds. Diemer drained a pair of free throws with under 30 seconds remaining to once again tie the game and force a second overtime period. 
  • In the second overtime period, it was the combination of Tony and Kevin Diemer that led the RU offensive attack. The two combined to score the first seven points of the period to give Rockford a 90-88 edge.
  • With Rockford still leading by two and less than 90 seconds remaining, this time it was the Sabres who connected on a pair of free throws to tie the game at 92-92 and force a third overtime.
  • The Regents would score the first four points of the third overtime off layups from Tony Diemer and Talon Hardin, to take a 96-92 lead. However the Sabres responded with four straight points of their own to once again tie the game.
  • Talon Hardin then briefly gave Rockford the lead with his third three-pointer of the evening. However Marian once again answered right back with a three of its own, to tie the game and force a fourth overtime.
  • The fourth overtime belonged to the Regents as they never trailed in the period. Tony Diemer got the scoring started with a made basket to put his team in front 101-99. 
  • After Marian tied the game one final time at 101-101, it was Rockford's ability to make free throws down the stretch that won the game.
  • Rockford was a perfect 12-for-12 in the final overtime period at the charity stripe, including a 6-for-6 performance from Tony Diemer and a 4-for-4 effort from Talon Hardin.
  • The Regents built their lead up to a game-high eight points with 24 seconds remaining, before ultimately winning by a final score of 115-110.

 

  • Tony Diemer had by far his best performance of the season on Wednesday. Diemer led all scorers with 38 points on 12-of-28 shooting, including going 4-of-7 from three-point range and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. Diemer also added 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
  • Jeremiah Stewart was a force on both ends of the floor for Rockford. Stewart tallied his first double-double of the season with a season-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal. 
  • Talon Hardin led the Rockford bench with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Hardin rounded out his evening with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
  • Kevin Diemer recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
  • Taylor Krocker was the final Regent to crack double-figures. Krocker finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

 

The RU men's basketball team hits the road again on Saturday, December 8 to face rival Aurora University. Tip-off is set for 4:15 PM.