Mequon, Wis. – The Falcons were in need of a conference victory and Jordan Johnson came away with a last second buzzer beater to lift Concordia Wisconsin over the Rockford Regents 89-88 and clinch a spot in the NACC postseason tournament.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 89, Rockford 88
Location: R. John Buuck Field House (Mequon, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 13-11, 11-8 NACC, Rockford 11-13, 9-10 NACC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a timeout CUW was looking to clinch a spot in the postseason and secure a win. A one-point deficit starred at CUW with only four second left in regulation when, Freshman Jordan Johnson (Cedarburg, Wis.) caught the inbound pass, dribbled and with a swift step-back move rose above the defender and buried the game winner to send the hometown crowd into a frenzy.
- The Concordia Wisconsin Falcons battled with the Rockford Regents for most of the night, as there were seven ties and eight lead changes in the contest. CUW used a 12-point halftime lead to fend off the Regents as Johnson had 11 in the first half and a total of 17 on the night. Junior Andrew Fratzke (Winona, Minn.) was the main contributor for the Falcons in the second half as he had 17 points and three rejections. Fratzke went 6-of-8 from the field in the second half on his way to help the team to 38 points in the paint.
- In a tight game throughout, one of the most important runs came with just under 4:30 left to play in the second half as CUW trialed 81-77. Fratzke made two free throws with just under four minutes left in the half to bring the score within two points, but the Regents pushed back when they got to the line and put in two free throws of their own to extend their lead to 83-79 with under four left minutes to play in regulation. Senior Josh Erickson (Manitowoc, Wis.) changed the momentum of the game after that point by draining two 3-pointers to bring the score to 85-83 in favor of the Falcons with 2:04 left to go in the final half.
- CUW had a productive night from the field netting 45.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc and 53.2 percent from the field. The first half was the strongest half for Concordia Wisconsin as they shot 56.3 percent from 3-point range and 53.1 percent from the field. Ball movement was something that helped the Falcons capture the victory as they had 20 assists on the night, making the extra pass to get the best possible shot.
- Rockford relied on the hand on Tony Diemer as he scored a game-high 25 points. The Regents also saw Brandon Emerick chip in 20 points and Kevin Diemer 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
- Concordia Wisconsin will travel to Concordia Chicago for the season finally with tip-off scheduled for 2:00 pm.