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Luther advanced to the championship game of the Iowa Conference Tournament after defeating No. 2 seed University of Dubuque 87-83 tonight in Dubuque.
Trailing by 18 points (73-55) with eight minutes remaining, the Norse put together a 27-9 run and tied the game at 82-82 with 49 ticks left on the clock. The tie was only the third and final tie of the ball game. Dubuque retook the lead with 13 seconds left, on a free throw by Andre Norris (83-82) who finished the night with 21 points. The rest of the way it was John Androus who scored the final five points, thanks to an old fashion three-point play and two free throws down the stretch.
Androus led all scorers with 22 points. Cale Austin and Michael Crocker both tallied 14, while Jake Martin and Brian Nnaoji chipped in 13 and 10 respectively. The free throw line proved to be the difference as Luther connected on 15-of-17 attempts.
Luther advances to the IIAC Tournament championship game for only the second time in school history. The Norse will travel to Pella, Iowa this Saturday, March 1 to face regular season champions and the No. 1 seed of the tournament Central College. The Dutch defeated Buena Vista University 86-84 in the other semifinal game this evening. Tip-off on Saturday is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586