In their first game under new head coach Dylan Curtis, the Aurora Houn' Dawgs were roughed up by number one seed Springfield Catholic in the Clever Invitational Tournament. The Fightin' Irish rolled to a 64-51 win on Monday, moving Aurora to the consolation side of the bracket.
Catholic put up the first five points of the game before free throws by senior Matthew Miller put Aurora on the board. A three-pointer by senior Austin Erickson tied the game with five minutes left in the first quarter, but that would be as close as the Dawgs would get for the rest of the contest.
The first quarter ended with Aurora trailing 18-11, and the eight seed was behind 37-24 at the half.
The second half went about as well as the first, as Catholic's outside shooting kept the game out of reach for the Houn' Dawgs.
The Aurora team and fans had a bit of a scare in the fourth quarter, as Miller went down with an apparent injury. But the senior walked off the court under his own power and appeared to shake it off easily.
In spite of that incident, Miller led the Houn' Dawgs with 22 points on the night, the only Aurora player in double-figures. Junior Casey Weathermon added nine points, while Erickson contributed eight. Senior Clayton Dunning and junior Kaden Clark scored six each to round out the starting lineup.
Following the opening round loss, the Dawgs will play at 4 p.m. on Friday against the hosts. With a win, Aurora would play for the consolation at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, but a loss would place the Dawgs in the seventh place game at 1 p.m.