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Courtside Notes: Falcons vs. Duhawks in season opener

Photo by Julia Fischer
Photo by Julia Fischer

MEQUON, Wis. – After two games at the Carroll Tip-Off Tournament this past weekend, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Basketball team will host Loras in the 2017-18 home opener Tuesday night. 

 Game 3

Falcons (0-2) vs. Duhawks (2-0)

 When Tuesday, November 21 | 8:00 pm
 Where R. John Buuck Field House | Mequon, Wis.
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Loras' Ryan DiCanio drained a 3-pointer with two seconds to play last season in a December 19 matchup to give the hosts a 102-99 victory over Concordia Wisconsin. Both teams shot over 53 percent, including 39-plus percent from downtown. Jake Jurss had 21 points, while Josh Hau netted 13 points off the bench.
Concordia Wisconsin returns a vast amount of scoring from a season ago, 68.8 percent to be exact (1,638 points). Four of the top five scorers from a season ago are back in the starting lineup. In addition, the Falcons love to torch the nets from deep, and last season Jake Jurss, Josh Hau, Josh Erickson and Noah Gosse combined for 180 3-pointers.
It gets overlooked at times, but experienced players can lead a team to championships and the Falcons have a lot of experience on this year's roster. There are five players on the roster who have played in 37 or more games and are led by senior Josh Erickson who has appeared in 72 career games and started 28.
Concordia Wisconsin has put together a strong 8-2 record at home during head coach Shawn Cassidy's tenure. They have scored over 80 points seven times and have won two straight home openers.
The Falcons are 15-6 after losing two games back to back in a season since the 2007-2008 campaign. Concordia Wisconsin has averaged 80.2 points-per-game after losing two straight and have held opponents to 72.1 points-per-game during that span. CUW has started the season 0-2 losing tough road games to Carroll and Simpson.