For Immediate Release
Nov. 20, 2010
Rockford Escapes Eureka With 76-73 Win
EUREKA, Ill. – All five Eureka College starters scored in double-figures to help the Red Devils erase a 12-point halftime deficit, but visiting Rockford was able to withstand the Eureka rally in the second half and hold on for a 76-73 non-conference victory over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon at the Reagan Center.
Rockford’s Robert Malone split a pair of free throws in the first minute of the game to start the scoring in a back-and-forth first half and the Regents (1-1) would lead for the duration of the first 20 minutes. The Red Devils (0-2) stayed close and trailed by only three points, 27-24, after the first of two three-point baskets by junior guard Jordan Kindred (Chrisman, Ill./Chrisman H.S.) with 6:06 left in the first half, but the visitors held on to the advantage and eventually stretched their lead to 12 points (38-26) at the break.
After Rockford got layups on their first two possessions of the second half, the Red Devils put together a lengthy run to get back into the game. A three-pointer from senior guard Craig Black (Sullivan, Ill./Sullivan H.S.) with 16:45 left in regulation ignited a 27-7 Eureka run over the next 6-minutes, 17-seconds. Black put the exclamation point on the surge with a lay-in with 11:04 remaining for a 54-52 lead. Kindred and junior guard Andy Leppard (Crescent City, Ill./Crescent-Iroquois H.S.) each scored eight points during the run for the Red Devils.
The Regents battled back to force a 56-56 tie on Tyler Nauman’s bucket with 8:32 left, but Eureka’s Mark Lessen (Delavan, Ill./Delavan H.S.) answered with four straight points to give the Red Devils their largest advantage of the game, 60-56, with 7:42 left. Rockford responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points for a 67-62 advantage before Leppard forced the fourth and final tie of the game (69-69) with a three-ball with 2:10 left. Malone broke the tie with a layup and a triple on Rockford’s next two trips for a 74-69 lead and the Regents wouldn’t trail again.
Kindred scored a game-high 24 points, leading a group of five Red Devils to score in double-figures. Leppard added 16 points and a team-best nine boards to narrowly miss a double-double. Kindred also dished out a game-high four assists. Malone shared game-high honors with Kindred with 24 points and collected a game-high 13 rebounds, including four boards at the offensive end of the floor.
The Red Devils will wrap up their brief two-game home stand this Tuesday, hosting Rose-Hulman in a non-conference game at the Reagan Center at 7 p.m.
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