DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Rockford University men's basketball team (4-6) lost for the first time in nearly three weeks on Tuesday afternoon, when the Regents fell 87-72 to the University of Dubuque (6-3). The game was close throughout, as it featured 10 ties and 7 lead changes. Both teams shot exactly 69 times, with Rockford shooting 40.6% from the field and Dubuque connecting on 44.9% of its shot attempts. Defensively Rockford did an excellent job forcing turnovers and converting them into points. The Regents forced 14 Dubuque turnovers and converted them into 19 points, while Dubuque forced just 7 Rockford turnovers, leading to only 7 points. However, it was ultimately the Spartans' advantages at the free throw line and on the glass that led them to victory. The Spartans were +8 at the free throw line going 17-for-25, while Rockford connected on 9-of-16 free throw attempts. Dubuque also dominated the glass, outrebounding Rockford 57-29, which led to a 17-5 Spartan advantage on second chance points.
- After Rockford and Dubuque traded buckets in the opening moments of the game, the Regents used a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the afternoon. Guard Brandon Emerick (Elkhart, Ind.) scored five of the seven points, including a made three-pointer to start the run and a layup to put the Regents in front 15-9.
- The Spartans were able to tie the game on multiple occasions over the next twelve minutes, but each time the Regents responded right back.
- With the game tied at 32-32 and 3:14 remaining in the first half, the Regents went on a 6-0 run to push their lead back out to a game-high six points. Brandon Emerick was again at the forefront of the Rockford attack, knocking down his second triple of the half, to give Rockford a 38-32 advantage with 1:46 remaining.
- Unfortunately, it was the Spartans who closed the half with a 7-0 run and take a 39-38 lead into the break.
- Dubuque was able to extend its lead out to as many as eight points in the opening minutes of the second half, before Rockford rallied back.
- With Rockford trailing 57-49, the Regents scored eight of the next ten points to pull back within a single bucket. Once again it was Brandon Emerick who led the Regent charge. Emerick drained back-to-back threes in a thirty second span to cut the deficit to two points at 59-57.
- Following a 3-0 run by Dubuque, Rockford again scored eight of the next ten points to take its first lead of the second half. This time it was senior guard Will Adams (Chicago, Ill.) who scored six of the eight points, both of which came on a pair of old-fashion three-point plays, to put Rockford in front 65-64 with 7:29 remaining.
- Unfortunately, the Spartans scored the next 11 points to take a 75-65 lead, the largest lead for either team thus far.
- Rockford was able to pull back within five points but could not get any closer, as Dubuque went on to win by a final score of 87-72.
- Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) led Rockford with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting. He also added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal to his totals.
- Brandon Emerick finished with 16 points, a game-high 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block. Emerick also tied his season-high with four made three-point baskets.
- Will Adams led the Rockford bench with 11 points and 4 rebounds.
The Rockford University men's basketball team returns to the court on Thursday, December 20 against the University of Saint Joseph Connecticut. Tip-off is set for 5:00 PM Eastern Time.