For Immediate Release
Jan. 10, 2011
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
BUSY WEEK IN THE BOOKS
•After a 16-day break from game competition, the Eureka College men’s basketball team played three St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games in five days last week.
•Senior forward Josh Wagner led all players with 18 points and 13 rebounds, but the Red Devils’ final shot in the lane hit the back of the rim as time expired, allowing Fontbonne to escape with a 59-57 SLIAC win over the Red Devils, Tuesday night at Mabee Gymnasium in Clayton, Mo.
• Greenville saw its 17-point halftime lead over Eureka dwindle to as little as three points late in the second half of Thursday’s SLIAC game, but the Panthers held on to post an 89-75 win over the Red Devils at H.J. Long Gymnasium in Greenville, Ill.
•Sophomore guard Jake Kuenzl made five 3-point baskets off the bench on his way to a career-high 15 points, but the Red Devils couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 64-47 SLIAC loss to league leader Westminster, Saturday afternoon at the Reagan Center.
KUENZL CHIPS IN
•Sophomore guard Jake Kuenzl came off the bench to provide the best game of the collegiate career Saturday against Westminster, scoring a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers.
•Kuenzl joined sophomore classmate Tanner Schreck as the only Red Devils to make at five 3-point baskets in a single game this season.
•This season, Kuenzl has appeared in 10 of Eureka’s 12 contests, setting new career-highs in minutes played (27), points (15), rebounds (three), and assists (three).
SCOUTING THIS WEEK
•Eureka will take its longest road trip in more than six weeks when it will visit Spalding this Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
•The Golden Eagles have won three straight SLIAC games to improve to 3-1 for a third-place tie with Greenville. Spalding is 6-6 overall.
•Junior guard DeWhon McAfee ranks second in the league with 20.4 points and 31.3 minutes played per game. He was an All-SLIAC First Team selection as a sophomore last season.
•Spalding is currently a provisional member of NCAA Division III and is scheduled to attain active Division III membership in 2012-2013.
•The Red Devils will return home to the Reagan Center to play MacMurray this Saturday at 3 p.m. The Highlanders have gone just 1-7 against non-conference opponents this season, but are 2-2 in the league.
•Senior guard C.J. McClellan leads the SLIAC in assists (5.3) and minutes played (35.9). As of Monday, McClellan and Principia’s Todd Zimmerman are the only players in the SLIAC to rank among the top-10 in in the league in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
•Eureka won two out of three contests against the Highlanders last season, including a 98-78 rout in the SLIAC Tournament semifinals in Fulton, Mo.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Westminster improved to 5-0 in the SLIAC with its win at Eureka on Saturday and maintained sole possession of first place. The Blue Jays won the SLIAC regular season championship last season with a 13-3 mark before claiming their first SLIAC Tournament title since 1995.
•Webster topped Fontbonne on Saturday, 75-42, for its fifth straight win. The Gorloks will continue their difficult non-conference schedule this Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they host Division III power and intracity rival Washington (Mo.) at Grant Gymnasium in St. Louis.
For More Information Contact: