Men's Basketball Clipped in Overtime Despite Career Night from Mohlis

Nov 21, 2015

Jacob Mohlis scored a career-high 26 points with eight three-pointers, but the University of Dubuque men's basketball team fell to Illinois College in overtime, 81-76, on Saturday night in the final game of the Illinois Classic.

Mohlis three-pointer with 2:55 remaining in overtime gave the Spartans (2-1) their final lead at 74-72. Fellow junior Kain Arthofer converted a layup with 1:02 left to tie it up at 76-76, but UD fell cold down the stretch after the Blueboys' Tim Schappaugh canned a three-pointer and drained two free throws for the final margin. Schappaugh scored nine of his game-high 33 points in the overtime period.

Coming off a 37-point explosion in UD's previous game on Friday night, senior Andre Norris finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks but fell just short on a late jumper to cut the deficit to one late in overtime. Arthofer also totaled 17 points in his best game of the season and finished 7 of 14 from the field, including one three-pointer.

The Spartans held a narrow lead for most of the second half and held a slim 66-64 advantage thanks to Arthofer's only three with 36 seconds to go in regulation. Illinois (2-1) converted a layup as UD guard Alex Vogel's missed jumper with three seconds on the clock sent it to overtime.

Free throws were key after UD struggled from the free throw line and made 7 of 13 on the night. The Blueboys made 25 of 28 (89.3%) as a team with Schappaugh converting 15 of 17.

Both Mohlis and Norris were named to the Illinois College Bill Merris All-Tournament team after averaging 24.5 points and 27 points per game, respectively, in their two games this weekend.

The Spartans faces Head Coach Robbie Sieverding's alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa, in a rare inter-divisional matchup at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa this Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. The upcoming game will be an exhibition match for UD, but count as an official game for the Panthers. UNI knocked off No. 1 North Carolina, 71-67, on Saturday, November 21.