For Immediate Release
Men's Basketball -- Dec. 20, 2010
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
SPRINGFIELD UNKIND TO EUREKA
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of non-conference games last week in Springfield, Ill.
• The Red Devils fell 78-52 to USCAA-affiliated Robert Morris-Springfield on Wednesday night before returning downstate Saturday for a 95-52 loss to Division II Illinois-Springfield.
•Senior forward Josh Wagner averaged 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds between the two games, including a 19-rebound effort in Eureka’s loss at Robert Morris on Wednesday. The 19 rebounds were the most by a Red Devil since the 2006-07 season.
•Sophomore guard Tanner Schreck earned his first two career starts, averaging 9.5 points for the week and going 5-for-10 from beyond the 3-point line.
EARLY SEASON NUMBERS
•With just a bit more than a third of the 2010-11 season complete, several Red Devils are putting together a solid statistical season.
•Senior forward Josh Wagner has continued his rapid improvement since joining the program prior to the 2008-09 season, averaging 9.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in eight games this season. Wagner’s rebounding average easily leads the nine-team SLIAC.
•Senior guard Craig Black, who is the active Eureka leader in games played at 83, is the only player to have started all nine games. He is averaging career-highs with 5.3 points and 27.7 minutes per game.
•Sophomore guard Tanner Schreck has increased his role in the Eureka rotation and proved to be one of Eureka’s dangerous long-distance threats. Schreck is 11-for-20 from 3-point range, and his 55.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc leads the SLIAC.
•Sophomore guard Blake Chapman, who played a total of eight minutes in seven appearances last season as a freshman, is averaging 23.9 minutes per game this season and has made six starts. He is one of only nine players in the SLIAC with more assists (27) than turnovers (22).
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
•After playing nine games in the season’s first 34 days, the Red Devils will take a break from the hardwood for the holidays before returning to SLIAC play on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Fontbonne.
•The 16-day hiatus comes during the middle of Eureka’s six-game road trip. The Red Devils will go a total of 38 days without playing a game at the Reagan Center.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•With conference play on hiatus until early January, the league combined to go 4-4 in non-conference action last week.
•Webster continued to put together a solid non-conference resume, downing Sewanne on Friday, 59-57, and Berry on Saturday, 76-71, during a two-day swing at the Lon Varnell Classic in Sewanne, Tenn. Webster’s three non-conference losses this season have come to then-ranked #2 Illinois Wesleyan, Division II Drury and Rust (Miss.).
•Blackburn earned a 71-69 win on the road at Concordia (Mo.) on Thursday, while Westminster topped Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leader Central on Saturday in Fulton, 76-65.
•Greenville sits at 5-3 overall and is scoring at a furious pace, averaging a league-best 88.1 points per game. The Panthers also lead the SLIAC in free throw percentage (.768), field goal percentage (.488), assists (16.9) and steals (9.3).
•Principia’s Todd Zimmerman continues to lead the SLIAC in scoring at 28.3 points per game. The senior has knocked down 18 3-point baskets in four games played.
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