Men’s season ends first round
By Jalen Boyd
DUBUQUE, IA –Duhawks vs. Knights (2/19)
Looking to close out the regular season on a high note, the Duhawk men’s basketball team matched up against the Wartburg Knights on Wednesday night in the AWC. Coming off a win against cross-town rival UD, the Duhawks were hoping to add to their six-game winning streak.
Senior guard JT Ford put the first points on the board for the Duhawks. It seemed as if the shot clock operator was going to be able to relax since both teams were pushing the pace trying to score quickly. Gaining momentum, the Duhawks took an early first half lead of 20-14. They hit one more bucket before the Knights went on a 13-2 run giving them the 43-34 lead as the horn sounded to end the first half.
The Knights momentum continued in the second half when they went on another streak and grew their lead to 14 points. The Duhawks countered with a scoring streak of their own, putting themselves up by 12 unanswered points.
The game then settled a bit with a little back and forth action. Duhawk freshmen Jake Healy, along with Ford, helped to hold the Knights to only a three-point lead. With only a few ticks left on the game clock a foul sent Wartburg’s Max Drahos to the free-throw line. Drahos missed and the Duhawks got the ball and a chance to tie the game with a shot from long range. But time was not or their side and the Duhawks were not able to get off a clean shot. They fell short of the Knights 84-81.
Duhawks vs. Prairie Wolves (2/22)
Wrapping up the regular season on the road, the Duhawk men’s basketball team met the No. 6 Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves in Lincoln. The Duhawks came in seeking revenge after losing their last game against the Prairie Wolves on Jan. 4, 99-85.
The game began with the teams trading three-pointers. The Prairie Wolves looked to slow the game down by sitting back in their infamous 3-2 zone. The Duhawks struggled to break the zone and the Prairie Wolves capitalized by extending the lead to ten points. With buckets from Ford and junior Rowan McGowen the Duhawks were able to cut the lead to five points with less than five minutes left in the first half. But the Wolves answered with a late run ending the first half up 48-37.
Senior Matt Dacy-Sejio sank a three to start the second half cutting the lead to single digits. Although both teams settled in and were trading baskets back and forth during much of the half, the Duhawks never regained the lead. The Prairie Wolves had a high power offense and zone defense that seemed to be too much. The Duhawks lost 88-73, but in the effort McGowen became the 43 player in Loras College history to rack up a career total of 1000 points or more.
Duhawks vs. Knights (2/25)
Senior guard Matt Dacy-Seijo lead the duhawks with 16 points in the first round of the American Rivers Conference tournament match up against the Wartburg knights. The Knights are ranked sixth in the American conference while the Duhawks held the higher seed being the host team. After a hard fought 74-79 finish, Wartburg would finish on top. Duhawks continue to fight until the buzzer, fouling within the last minute attempting to make opportunities for themselves. Wartburg will move on to batlle Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Neb on Thursday, Feb. 27. The winner of that match up will move on to the A-R-C championship on Saturday Feb. 29 for their chance at the national bid; their ticket to the NCAA national tournament.