The Tigers met up with Davenport University, the NAIA’s 20th ranked team for the second time in three weeks and came out a little short in a 78-74 loss. Grace fell behind by ten early and could never close the gap. “We would hit a couple of big shots and they would answer,” said Coach Gary Bailey. The same thing happened earlier and you just can’t do that with a team of this caliber. Coach Paddock has this team at 6-0 for a reason. They are very athletic and are extremely well coached.”
Grace went into the locker room down 11. Allen Durham spent 11 minutes on the bench in the first half with foul trouble. “I thought we played very well with Allen out of the game in the first half and early in the second half. Our bench played well again tonight but just couldn’t continue to close the gap. Getting beat by four and hitting just 12 of 21 from the free throw line is hard to take,” said Coach Bailey. GBC missed a free throw and fouled the Panthers right away in the final seconds. DU missed the front end and Grace missed their attempt at a three to bring the game to one point. “We were just a few free throws or a couple of better posessions away tonight,” said Bailey.
Four players hit double figures for the Tigers as Cory Jamieson had 19, Allen Durham 16, Ryan Krombeen 14, and Brandon Herlein 10. Jamieson led GBC with 5 assists and Krombeen grabbed 9 boards. The Tigers outrebounded DU 38-34 and held a 18-14 advantage in assists. The Tigers shot 48.2% from the floor compared to DU’s 47.1%.
Allen Durham was selected to the All Tournament Team scoring 39 points, 16 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 blocks , and 3 steals in the two games.