For Immediate Release
Men's Basketball -- Feb. 12, 2011
Eureka Falls at Principia, 82-67
ELSAH, Ill. – Eureka sophomore center Mark Lessen (Delavan, Ill./Delavan H.S.) went 8-for-9 from the free throw line en route to a team-high 16 points, but St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leading scorer Todd Zimmerman poured in 26 points for Principia in the Panthers’ 82-67 league win over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon in Elsah, Ill.
Principia burst out of the gate quickly, scoring the first eight points of the contest and eventually leading 16-5 just five minutes into the game. Eureka junior guard Austin Nicholas (Brownsburg, Ind./Manitou Springs H.S./Lamar) helped Eureka claw back within seven points (33-26) later in the half with a pair of free throws with 7:22 left, but the hosts recovered to hold a 10-point lead, 51-41, at halftime.
The Red Devils continued chipping away at the deficit early in the second half. The Panthers’ shrunk to a single possession with 13:41 left in the game when Eureka senior Josh Wagner (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S./Carl Sandburg) scored to pull Eureka within three, 58-55. Principia answered with eight unanswered points, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Colin Angle, to extend the lead back to 11 points. Wagner’s basket with 8:24 left cut Eureka’s deficit back to nine (66-57), but Principia closed the contest with a flurry to earn its fifth league win of the season.
In addition to his team-high 16 points, Lessen led the Red Devils with eight rebounds. Wagner had 14 points and a career-high seven assists, while Nicholas also scored in double-figures with 11. Eureka went 14-for-16 from the free throw line.
Zimmerman, who scored 38 points in Principia’s come-from-behind win over the Red Devils at the Reagan Center in November, made six 3-pointers Saturday en route to his 26 points. Kenny Sydness came off the bench to score 15 points in 26 minutes.
Eureka will have one day away from game competition before returning to the Reagan Center Monday to host Greenville at 8 p.m. The contest against the Panthers was originally scheduled to be played Feb. 2, but a winter storm postponed the game to Feb. 14.
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