For Immediate Release
Dec. 6, 2010
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
SLIAC PLAY OPENS
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team opened its 16-game St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule last week, dropping two games to open the slate 0-2
•Principia rallied to hand the Red Devils a 90-87 defeat at the Reagan Center last Tuesday night. Reigning SLIAC Player of the Week Todd Zimmerman scored 38 points to overshadow a career-high 32-point effort from Eureka junior point guard Jordan Kindred.
•Webster sent Eureka to its second straight SLIAC loss on Saturday, holding off a furious second half rally from the Red Devils for a 64-52 win.
•Junior guard Andy Leppard had 19 points to pace the Red Devils on Saturday, the third time this season he has led Eureka in scoring. His 2010-11 scoring average of 15.8 is currently a single-season career-best.
SCHRECK DIALS LONG DISTANCE
•Sophomore guard Tanner Schreck, who had played a total of 80 minutes in 16 career appearances prior to Saturday’s game at Webster, came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points on five 3-point baskets against the Gorloks.
•Schreck missed his first two shot attempts before knocking down five straight 3-pointers over a span of 13-minutes, 33-seconds in the second half. He scored all of his points during a 23-13 Eureka run.
•Schreck’s effort on Saturday marked just the 16th time since the beginning of the 2005-06 season a Eureka player has made five or more 3-pointers in a single contest. Michael Zasada last did it against Fontbonne on Jan. 30, 2010.
•The Red Devils will take their fourth road trip of the season this Wednesday, visiting the Chicago suburb of River Forest for a 7 p.m. tip-off against Concordia (Ill.).
•Concordia, picked by league coaches in October to win the Northern Athletics Conference South Division, is 4-3 this season. The Cougars opened the season with four consecutive wins, including a 100-63 rout of SLIAC member Blackburn on Nov. 20, but have lost three straight outings since Nov. 27.
•Jeff Weberg has paced the Cougars this season with 15.0 points per game. Jeff Jones, who inherited a team that went 5-20 in 2007-08, is 28-30 in his third season as head coach.
•The Cougars built a big lead in the first half en route to a 74-57 win in Eureka’s home opener last season on Nov. 28, 2009. Concordia’s Deontay Young, who is averaging 11.0 points through the Cougars’ first seven games this season, had a game-high 19 points for Concordia. Jordan Kindred had 12 points for the Red Devils.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Westminster and MacMurray share the SLIAC lead at 2-0 after one week of conference play. Greenville is also unbeaten at 1-0. Spalding and Blackburn join the Red Devils as teams without a league win. Webster, Principia and Fontbonne split their SLIAC games last week.
•Eureka isn’t the only team Principia senior Todd Zimmerman has terrorized this season. The 6-foot-1 Nashville, Tenn. native leads the SLIAC with 31.3 points per game and torched Fontbonne for 34 points in the Panthers’ last-second loss to the Griffins on Saturday in Elsah. Zimmerman also ranks second in the league in rebounding (7.0) and assists (5.7).
•Webster nearly provided the SLIAC with an early-season signature non-conference victory last Monday in St. Louis. The Gorloks trailed #2 Illinois Wesleyan by as many as 22 points in the first half before falling just short in their comeback bid in an 84-80 loss to the Titans.
•Greenville has won four straight, including a 90-83 win over Blackburn to open league play Wednesday night, and is scoring a SLIAC-best 87.0 points per game.
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