16 Iowa Conference championships
DUBUQUE — A clutch 3-pointer from senior guard Demarco Turner (Des Moines/ East HS) with just one second left in the game earned the Central College men’s basketball team a 90-87 Iowa Conference win over Loras College Wednesday night.
Loras (5-18, 2-12 conference) looked commanding early. After a hot start, the Duhawks opened up their largest lead of the night, 25-12 with nine minutes remaining in the opening period. Central (15-7, 7-6 conference) dialed up the pressure and evened the score, 39-39 at the 2:20 mark. After trading buckets in the final minutes, the Dutch went to locker room down 45-43.
Loras maintained the lead to open the second period but the Dutch kept it close, never letting the Duhawk lead go beyond five points.
Central found its stride at the 10-minute mark, firing off a 20-6 run that gave the Dutch their first lead since early in the first period and put them ahead by 9 points, 82-73.
Loras responded with a 12-3 run of its own, evening the score at 85-85 with one minute remaining. After a Duhawk layup with 7 seconds remaining and the game tied 87-87, Turner moved the ball down court and took the game-winning step-back jumper from just beyond the arc.
“It was a fun game for our guys and a good win,” said coach Mike Boschee. “We had our difficulties in the first half with ball trouble but it was great that we were able to come back in the second half.”
Turner went 4-5 from long range on his way to a team-high 17 points. Sophomore guard Kevin Kaerwer (El Paso, Texas/ John L. Chapin HS) was close behind with 16 points while junior forward Jacob Winkler (Lancaster, Mo./ Schuyler R-1 HS) led the Dutch with six rebounds.
The Duhawks shot 58.8 percent from the field compared to Central’s 53.4, but the Dutch were better from long-range. Central shot 51.9 percent from behind the 3-point line while Loras went for just 38.9 percent.
Central travels to Decorah Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip with Iowa Conference foe Luther College. Luther tops the conference standings with a 16-5 record, including a 10-3 league mark. The Norse won the teams’ first meeting 67-61 earlier this season.