For Immediate Release
Feb. 7, 2011
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team played one St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game last week, posting an 84-76 victory over Fontbonne at the Reagan Center last Saturday.
•Eureka senior forward Josh Wagner put together his fifth career double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Red Devils in the win. Sophomore Mark Lessen added 14 points and a career-high four blocked shots and Jake Kuenzl made seven straight free throws in the final minute to ice the win.
•The Red Devils were scheduled to play Greenville last Wednesday at the Reagan Center, but a severe winter storm forced the game to be postponed until Monday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.
WILDE GETS WIN #40
•With Saturday’s victory over Fontbonne, fourth-year Eureka head coach Chip Wilde became just the fifth coach in Eureka men’s basketball history to win 40 games as head coach.
•Wilde is one of five coaches in school history and the first since Dave Darnall (1974-94) to have at least 40 wins and a .400 win percentage. Darnall owns both schools records with 383 wins and a .717 win percentage.
40 Wins and a .400 Win Percentage
Wins Pct. Years
Ralph McKinzie 121 .480 1921-37
Paul LaVinn 44 .537 1948-52
Leo “Doc” Traister 168 .463 1957-74
Dave Darnall 383 .717 1974-94
Chip Wilde 40 .417 2007-
SCOUTING THIS WEEK
•The Red Devils will play their final non-conference game of the season this Wednesday in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Lincoln Christian.
•Josh Wagner scored a career-high 25 points and assisted on Mark Lessen’s game-winning basket in the final two minutes to lift the Red Devils to a 74-71 win over LCU on Jan. 20 at the Reagan Center.
•Chris Lawson paced LCU with 21 points in last month’s loss to the Red Devils. The Red Lions have lost seven of their last eight games against Eureka, including a pair of contests when the Red Lions were members of the SLIAC during the 2006-07 season.
•Eureka will return to conference action this Saturday when the Red Devils visit Principia at 3 p.m. in Elsah, Ill., Eureka’s first SLIAC road game in three weeks.
•Principia is 5-12 overall and 3-8 in SLIAC play. The Panthers handed Blackburn a 95-89 defeat last Thursday in Carlinville to snap a five-game losing streak in league play.
•Todd Zimmerman, the SLIAC’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game, scored 38 points to help engineer a second-half comeback in Principia’s 90-87 win over the Red Devils at the Reagan Center on Nov. 30. Zimmerman also leads the SLIAC with 6.3 assists per game and is the only player in the league to rank among the top-10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.
•The victory in November was Principia’s first in nine tries against the Red Devils since Eureka joined the SLIAC prior to the 2006-07 season.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Last week’s inclement weather across the region wiped out a total of four games featuring SLIAC teams.
•SLIAC leader Webster downed MacMurray in St. Louis on Saturday, 75-67, to earn its 10th league win of the season and maintain its claim on sole possession of first place. The Gorloks have won 12 straight games and will put their streak on the line this week in home games against Blackburn (1-11) and Spalding (10-2).
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