ROCKFORD, Illinois – Four players scored in double-figures as the MSOE men's basketball team held off Rockford 68-64 Saturday afternoon at the Seaver Center.
The Raiders (12-12, 11-9 NACC) finished the regular season as the No. 5 seed in the NACC Tournament and will begin their tourney run Wednesday at No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran. This was the final game of the season for the Regents (9-16, 8-12 NACC).
Senior Dylan Sommerfeld followed up his career-high 20-point outing last Tuesday with a team-high 17 points. Freshman Matthew Kirmse and junior Tegan Miles scored 15 points each and senior Collin Seubert tallied a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Though he scored just two points in the game, sophomore Jason Palesse dished out nine assists and had three steals.
Tony Diemer had a game-high 22 points for Rockford. Zach Wallace had 15 points and 13 rebounds while Arthell Rosquist came off the bench to chip in 12.
MSOE closed out the first half on a 13-3 run to take a 38-30 lead into the intermission, but the second half was still touch-and-go. The Regents fought back to tie the game at 50-50 when six-straight Red & White points gave the team a 56-50 cushion.
Once again, Rockford would not go away, tying the game again at 64-64 on a Wallace three-point play with 2:05 remaining in the game. Palesse put the Raiders ahead for good with a pair of free throws at 1:24 and, after an RU miss, Seubert hit another free throw for a 67-64 lead at the 1:10 mark.
After a quick basket by the home team made it 67-66, both sides traded empty possessions with Palesse grabbing a key rebound at the 30-second mark and Kirmse hitting a free throw to make it a two-pooint game with just 12 seconds remaining. A last-second three-pointer was off the mark and MSOE secured the win.
The Raiders shot 42.6 percent for the game but struggled from three-point range by going 4-of-14 and were just 12-of-19 (.632) at the free throw line. Rockford had similar percentages across the board, shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 2-for-12 from deep and 10-of-16 (.625) at the charity stripe. MSOE won the turnover battle, 15-10.