For Immediate Release
Jan. 20, 2010
Eureka Beats Blackburn For 1,000th Win
CARLINVILLE, Ill. – The Eureka College men’s basketball needed overtime, but the Red Devils overcame a furious Blackburn rally and gutted out a 109-105 win for the 1,000th victory in program history, Wednesday night in Carlinville, Ill. Senior guard Kameron Bell (Clinton, Ill./Clinton H.S./Carl Sandburg) scored 35 points and collected 11 rebounds to lead the Red Devils.
Senior forward Michael Zasada (McHenry, Ill./McHenry H.S.) made two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining to ice the victory for the Red Devils. Zasada finished the contest with 27 points.
Eureka held a 45-23 lead at halftime and continued to control the contest after the break. Bell scored midway through the second half to give Eureka its largest lead of the game, 63-37. The Beavers went to work at that point, slowly chipping away at their deficit. James Gowin’s basket with 2:55 to go brought Blackburn within single-digits, 85-76, for the first time since the 8:40 mark of the first half.
Gowin scored again with 13 seconds remaining to force a 91-91 tie, capping a 54-28 Blackburn run over the final 13-minutes, 54-seconds of regulation. Bell had a chance to win the game on the final possession of regulation, but his shot was off the mark.
Eureka struck first in the overtime session on another basket from Bell. The Beavers were able to tie the game two more times before Zasada scored for a 98-96 lead with 4:07 left in the overtime. The Red Devils led by as many as seven points in the extra session, 103-96, after another field goal from Zasada with 2:29 to play. In the final minute, the senior duo each made a pair of foul shots to put the game out of reach.
This season marks the 88th season of Eureka College men’s basketball. The Red Devils entered the 2009-10 season with an all-time record of 990-937. Wednesday night’s victory makes Eureka College the 85th school in the history of NCAA Division III to win 1,000 men’s basketball games.
The Red Devils eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time since scoring 107 points on Nov. 25, 2000 at Monmouth, and played their first overtime game since a 71-70 win over Maryville at the Reagan Center on Feb. 2, 2008.
This Saturday, Eureka will play the first of five straight games at the Reagan Center, starting with Principia at 1 p.m.
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