Austin Madden's expression summarizes New Haven's tough loss to Linn on Tuesday night.
Injury update on Kyle Ruediger below.
New Haven, Mo. – After coming out on fire, draining their first four shoots, Austin Madden hitting two straight threes to give New Haven a 10-0 lead. It seemed like Linn was in for a long night instead New Haven handed the Wildcats their eighth win of the season, 45-44.
Despite New Haven giving up 13 offensive rebounds and lack of patience on offensive they still had put themselves in perfect position to sneak away with a win.
Linn’s Jesse Wiggins dominated the boards, 12 of his game high 20 points coming from offensive rebounds as Linn out rebounded New Haven 28-16, 13 of them offensive boards.
Austin Madden’s team high 15 points all came in the first half, scoring 10 in the first quarter alone.
New Haven trailed by two, 43-41, with under 40 seconds when Ben Luecke was fouled as he laid up and in. Luecke completed the old fashion three point play with 21 seconds remaining to give New Haven
The Shamrocks could not have put themselves in better position. New Haven had two fouls to give after Linn slowly advanced to half court running five seconds off the clock before calling time out.
Ben Luecke banks in two of his nine points.
Game reset: 15 seconds left, possession arrow New Haven, New Haven two fouls to give, and could not have been in a better position to pick up the win.
New Haven committed their first foul with just nine seconds left, Linn still having the inbound at half court with no timeouts left.
Linn’s Tyler Rush took the inbound and as he began driving to the basket Coach Ray Steinhoff could be heard yelling to foul, instead New Haven failed in attempting to foul as Rush hit a turn around jumper, inside the paint, leaving 1.4 seconds on the clock as Steinhoff called timeout.
New Haven’s prayer was well short handing Linn a come from behind win.
If New Haven used the foul to give, Linn would’ve only had six seconds left and still inbounding from the sideline.
Instead New Haven losses their second straight, falling to 8-6.
New Haven had a ten point lead four different times, forced 14 turnovers while only turning it over five times, and shot twice as many free throws, hitting 13-15 with Linn only getting to the line seven times.
New Haven will make the long trip to Chamois tonight, looking to rebound after Tuesday’s loss.
Injury update on Kyle Ruediger, still no time line on his return.
Ruediger will not play Friday night against Chamois. Thursday he went to their Orthopedic Doctor. The official diagnosis is a high ankle sprain.
The Orthopedic told Ruediger he could play whenever he feels he can physically bare weight without an extreme amount of pain or weakness.
Ruediger's been doing some shooting during practices but is still unable to bare much weight or jump.
Steinhoff said, “With a high ankle sprain like Kyle’s [Ruediger] there is no telling when he will have enough strength to play. It is simply a day by day deal.”
Next week New Haven will play in the Hermann Tournament where they are the number two seed. Brackets can be downloaded on the left side of our site.