Men’s basketball back in action with mixed results

The men’s basketball team’s exhibition performances show their determination for success this season.
The men’s basketball team’s exhibition performances show their determination for success this season.

The men’s basketball team’s exhibition performances show their determination for success this season.

The men’s basketball team bounced back from its shock exhibition opener defeat to Benedictine on Nov. 1 with a resounding 90-67 victory against the Tabor College Bluejays at Swinney Recreation Center on Saturday night. The Roos hit 14 three-pointers, taking 26 points from senior guard Reggie Chamberlain and 21 points from redshirt sophomore Kirk Korver in the contest.

Tuesday night’s exhibition game with Benedictine was the first opportunity for the team to showcase its skills on campus, after a pre-season tour in August which saw it compete in Italy. The Roos eventually fell 74-67 in overtime to the Ravens, but showed some signs of promise and the gelling together of new recruits. After losing starters Jay Couisnard, Spencer Johnson and Bakari Lewis, the team is reloaded with new faces in the starting rotation.

Chamberlain led with a team-high 20 points, while Korver drained 18.

The loss came off the back of a bad shooting night which saw the Roos shoot only 33.8 percent from the field, while the Ravens shot 51.8. The Roos showed flashes of what might be to come this season as redshirt transfer Nate Rogers, now in the starting rotation, tallied nine points on the night.

Chamberlain proved to be a marksman from the arc, swooshing four three-pointers from four attempts, and he also directed the traffic throughout the game.

In the contest, the Ravens jumped out to an early 19-10 lead, starting hot from beyond the arc. The home side, however, stayed calm and continued to run its offense and chip away at the lead until they got it down to just two points, coming off a Korver layup with 9:37 left in the first half.

The Roos gained some momentum right before the half ended, with two three-pointers by Chamberlain and they took a 27-26 lead at the 3:19 minute mark in the half. After end-to-end attacks, Raven guard Quarnan Johnson netted a three-point buzzer-beater to give his side a halftime lead of 33-32.

The second half proved to be a tight affair; no team led by more than four points throughout. Freshman guard Estan Tyler was impressive, while junior forward Thomas Staton hit double figures with 10 as both played significant minutes down the stretch, making nice contributions on both ends of the floor. Tyler tied the game at 61-61 with just over a minute left in regulation, and after another Raven score, Tyler came right back with a key assist to Korver to knot it back up at 63-63 to send the contest into overtime.

Korver opened the extra period with a three-point score, but the Roos couldn’t record another bucket from the floor. The Ravens answered with a three of their own, followed by a layup, to secure a five-point lead and a hard-fought victory.

The Roos will now battle Northwest Missouri State in their regular season opener at Swinney Recreation Center on Friday, Nov. 11 before a road game on Nov. 13 at Bradley in Peoria, Ill.

dwashington@unews.com

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