For Immediate Release
Nov. 29, 2010
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Nov. 29, 2010
RED DEVILS DROP TWO
The Eureka College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of games last week, starting the week with a 54-46 loss to Rose-Hulman at the Reagan Center last Tuesday.
The Red Devils came up short in a 120-44 loss to defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion and NCAA Division II member Minnesota State Saturday in Mankato, Minn. The win was the fourth straight for the Mavericks, who won 25 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament last season.
After missing Eureka’s season-opening game at Knox on Nov. 16 because of illness, junior guard Andy Leppard has returned to the starting lineup and played a large role in the Eureka rotation in the last three games.
Leppard has started each of the last three contests, averaging 31.3 minutes, 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds, all while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and knocking down a team-high six three-point baskets.
He led the Red Devils with 16 points against Rose-Hulman last Tuesday and shared the team scoring lead with junior point guard Jordan Kindred with 14 points against Minnesota State on Saturday.
NEW MARK FOR KUENZL
After appearing in only three games as a freshman last season, sophomore guard Jake Kuenzl has earned minutes in each of Eureka’s first four games in 2010-11.
Kuenzl set new career-highs Saturday at Minnesota State with 11 minutes played and a team-high three assists.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK
Eureka will return home to host Principia Tuesday at the Reagan Center at 8 p.m. in the first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game for both teams.
The Panthers are 1-1 this season, dropping a 55-48 decision to Sewanee (Tenn.) on Nov. 20 in a tournament hosted by SLIAC rival Webster. Principia bounced back for a 69-65 victory over the St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Nov. 23.
Webster represents Eureka’s first SLIAC road opponent, as the Red Devils will travel to Grant Gymnasium in St. Louis this Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip-off against the Gorloks.
The game against the Red Devils will be Webster’s third game in six days, as the Gorloks will host #4 Illinois Wesleyan and visit MacMurray in the SLIAC opener prior to Saturday’s contest.
Through two games, Webster has outscored its opponents by a SLIAC-best 10.5 points per game and leads the SLIAC in free throw percentage (.776), turnover margin (+8.5), blocks per game (4.5) and steals per game (12.5).
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Eureka and Principia will kickoff the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule Tuesday night with a 8 p.m. start at the Reagan Center.
Six other SLIAC schools will begin their conference schedule this Wednesday night, while Spalding will be the last team to start league play this Saturday at Westminster.
Webster remains the lone unbeaten team in the conference, but hasn’t played since a 74-60 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in its own home tournament on Nov. 20. The Gorloks will defend their 2-0 record against #4 Illinois Wesleyan Monday night in St. Louis.
Principia, Spalding and Westminster earned non-conference wins last week.
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