Averkamp gets to 1,000 in heartbreaking loss to Marian
Courtesy of Edgewood College, Sports Information Department
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- The Edgewood College men's basketball team snapped its seven game winning streak Tuesday night when they were beat by the Marian College Sabres by the score of 60-57. The Eagles who came into the game nationally ranked in rebounding margin were out-rebounded 41-27. The Eagles remain tied however for first place in the conference following a Aurora loss to Wisconsin Lutheran. Junior Charlie Averkamp (New Berlin, Wis.) eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his career with the Eagles after his first free-throw with 15:48 in the first half.
After being down by four at the half, the Eagles (12-6, 10-2 NAC) came out of the second half gates firing and went on a 16-4 run to give the Eagles a eight point lead with just under 11 minutes in the second half. The Sabres (10-8, 7-4 NAC) fought back and found themselves tied after a Jordan Van Ess three-pointer with under seven minutes left in regulation. Both teams endured a see-saw battle for the next five minutes when Justin Bestor converted on a lay-up to give the game its eight tie of the night with 1:18 left. The Eagles drove down the court where Evan Klees (Madison, Wis.) missed a three-point attempt with :51 remaining which was followed by a Bestor three-point miss. However, the Sabres' Titus Redmond grabbed the offensive rebound and put in the basket to give the Sabres a 59-57 lead with :19 remining in the game. The Eagles again drove down the court where Averkamp took a three-pointer to win the game but missed. After the rebound and a quick foul, the Sabres sent Kevin Hudak to the line where he converted on his first free-throw but missed on the second to give the Eagles another chance. With four seconds remaining the Eagles handed the ball to Kyle Scott (Burlington, Wis.) where he attempted a three at the buzzer but fell short.
Chris DeMarco (Appleton, Wis.) led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Freshman Jerid Holewinski led both teams in scoring with 18 ponts, 15 of which were from three-point field goals.
The Eagles will look to get back on track this Saturday with a match-up with Dominican University. Back on November 29th, the Stars handed the Eagles their only other loss in conference play after they won on a Mike Haiduc steal and slam dunk with eight seconds remaining. The scheduled tip off time is 4:20 p.m. and live audio can be heard by logging on to www.EdgewoodCollegeEagles.com or broadcast on Relevant Radio 1240 AM.