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Regents Triumphant in Overtime Thriller

Kivontay Shaw
Kivontay Shaw

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University men's basketball team (6-7, 5-3 NACC) took down the defending conference champs for the second time this season as it beat the Aurora University Spartans (5-8, 3-5 NACC) 108-102 in overtime. This is the first time that Rockford has swept Aurora in the regular season since the 2002-03 season. The game was a thriller from start to finish at it featured 17 lead changes. Neither team would budge as it was knotted 42-42 at the end of the half. The second half would end with each team again scoring 42 points aside to bring on overtime. Each team shot above 50% on the night from the field. Rockford shot an impressive 50% from beyond the arc going 17-for-34. RU also was efficient from the charity stripe converting on 17-of-19 attempts. 

 

 

  • The Spartans sprung out to an early 10-4 lead as it knocked down two threes' during that time.
  • Rockford responded as it raced back with four consecutive threes to take a 16-15 lead with 14:46 to play in the first half.
  • Kivontay Shaw (Galesburg, Ill.) would connect on his third three of the game in the first half to give the Regents a 20-17 lead with 12:58 remaining. The last time the Regents would lead in the first half would come at the 9:37 mark when Brandon Emerick (Elkhart, Ind.) hit from downtown to put RU up 30-28.
  • From there Aurora regained the lead as it led the Regents 42-37 with 5 minutes to play.
  • Rockford did not surrender as Will Adams (Chicago Ill.) converted on a layup before Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) hit a big time three with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game up 42-42 heading into the half.
  • Kivontay Shaw led Rockford in the first half with 13 points on 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Tony Diemer contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds. 
  • The Spartans looked to put the Regents away in the opening minutes of the second half as Aurora opened on an 11-0 run. 
  • It was Shaw who helped get Rockford back on track as he knocked down two big threes' as the team saw itself down 56-52 with 14:31 left in the second. 
  • It was a three-point party for each team as it seemed as though neither team could miss from beyond the arc. Another Emerick three propelled RU to a 72-69 lead with 7:04 to go.
  • The two teams continued to exchange three's as the Spartans pulled ahead 78-75 with only 4:10 remaining.
  • With Rockford down 82-81 with 1:47 to play it was Kivontay Shaw who made big plays all night, converted on an and-one to give the Regents an 84-82 lead.
  • Unfortunately, two late free throws by Aurora would tie up the game. The Spartans found themselves at the free throw line again with 13 seconds to play and missed both free throws. Rockford attempted to get off a last second shot but it would be no good and the two teams would head to overtime.
  • In overtime Rockford saw itself up 100-92 with only 1:04 left. However, the Spartans continued to convert from three-point land as they brought it to with four at 102-98. 
  • Fortunately, each time the Regents were sent to the free throw line they converted on both of their shots. 
  • Rockford went on to win a wild game by a final score of 108-102. 

 

  • Rockford sweeps Aurora in the regular season for the first time since 2002-03 season.
  • Three Rockford players scored in the double-digits on the Saturday evening, including two 30-point performances.
  • Tony Diemer and Kivontay Shaw had tremendous games as they each tied with a game-high 32 points. 
  • Shaw recorded a career-high with his 32 points. Shaw shot 11-of-16 from the field including an impressive 7-for-10 from downtown and a perfect 3-for-3 from the line. Shaw also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.
  • Tony Diemer tallied his second 30+ point performance on the year. Diemer shot 12-for-18 from the field including going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Diemer also chalked up 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.
  • Brandon Emerick played well as he registered 18 points on 5-of-10 from the field including 4-of-8 from downtown and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.

 

 

 

The Rockford University men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, January 9 when it hosts Benedictine. Tip-off is set for 7 PM.