For Immediate Release
Dec. 13, 2010
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
CONCORDIA SINKS RED DEVILS
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team ended regulation on a 7-0 run to force overtime, but Concordia (Ill.) outscored the Red Devils 15-6 in the extra period on its way to a 74-65 non-conference win over Eureka, last Wednesday night at Geiseman Gymnasium in River Forest, Ill.
• A jumper in the paint by senior forward Josh Wagner with 43 seconds left in regulation forced a 59-59 tie for the Red Devils, who trailed 59-52 with 4:44 left in regulation. The 7-point Eureka deficit was its largest of the game.
•Concordia never trailed in the overtime period, taking a 62-59 lead on its first possession of overtime and holding leading 68-61 lead with 2:05 left.
•Junior guard Jordan Kindred played the full 45 minutes and scored 23 points to lead the Red Devils. Sophomore center Mark Lessen recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Craig Black added 10 points. Sophomore guard Blake Chapman set new career-highs with six assists and 36 minutes played.
OVERTIME WIN STREAK SNAPPED
•Wednesday’s loss ended Eureka’s three-game win streak in overtime games and marked the first time the Red Devils have lost an overtime game coached by Chip Wilde.
•The Red Devils last lost an overtime game on Feb. 24, 2007 when Fontbonne beat Eureka 88-79 in the 2007 SLIAC Tournament championship game.
•Wednesday’s loss marked Eureka first non-conference overtime loss since the 2006-07 season. Here is a glance at Eureka’s overtime results since then:
Date Opponent Result
11/28/06 North Park L, 66-75
2/17/07 at Greenville W, 92-88
2/24/07 *vs. Fontbonne L, 79-88
1/16/08 at MacMurray W, 91-87
2/2/08 Maryville W, 71-70
1/20/10 at Blackburn W, 109-105
12/8/10 at Concordia (Ill.) L, 65-74
* -- SLIAC Tournament
SCOUTING NEXT WEEK
•Eureka will make a pair of visits downstate to Springfield, Ill. this week, starting with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against Robert Morris-Springfield on Wednesday at LLCC-Cass Gymnasium.
•Members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, the Eagles are 8-4 this season and have posted a 4-0 record against SLIAC opponents.
•The Eagles last played Eureka on Jan. 11, 2006, earning an 87-72 victory over the Red Devils.
•Eureka will return to the state capital on Saturday, visiting D-II Illinois-Springfield at 3 p.m. at The Recreation and Athletic Center on the campus of UIS.
•UIS is 3-5 this season and is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. The Prairie Stars haven’t won since a 75-67 win on Nov. 18 over Robert Morris-Springfield, Eureka’s opponent this Wednesday.
•Junior forward Michael Fakuade leads UIS in scoring at 17.0 points per game, but has only played this season during the Prairie Stars’ current four-game losing streak.
•The Prairie Stars are coached by Farmington, Ill. native Ben Wierzba, who replaced former NBA standout Kevin Gamble in September.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•With conference play on hiatus until early January, all nine SLIAC teams played at least one non-conference game last week. Eureka, Westminster and Blackburn played once, while Greenville played three times in four days.
•The nine SLIAC schools combined to go 2-14 in those non-conference games, with Principia (73-72 over Lincoln Christian) and Greenville (103-67 over St. Louis Christian) earning victories.
•Fontbonne faced a difficult schedule last week, falling 82-65 at traditional D-III power Washington (Mo.) on Wednesday before dropping a 112-52 decision at D-I Austin Peay on Saturday. The Griffins are 2-6 this season.
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