For Immediate Release
Jan. 18, 2011
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
SLIAC PLAY CONTINUES
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team dropped a pair of St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games last week, falling 58-43 at Spalding and 58-48 to MacMurray at the Reagan Center.
•Reigning SLIAC DeWhon McAfee scored 14 points, one of three Golden Eagles to score in double-figures, to lead Spalding to a 58-43 SLIAC win over Eureka, last Wednesday night in Louisville, Ky. Austin Nicholas paced the Red Devils with nine points.
•MacMurray senior guard CJ McClellan scored a game-high 16 points and added seven rebounds, helping the visiting Highlanders to a 58-48 win over Eureka, last Saturday afternoon at the Reagan Center. Eureka sophomore Mark Lessen led the Red Devils with nine points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
LEAVING HIS ‘MARK’
•Eureka sophomore Mark Lessen continued his solid play on the boards last week, collecting 17 rebounds in two SLIAC starts. His 12 rebounds against MacMurray on Saturday were a career-high and marked the fourth time in his 41-game career has grabbed at least 10 boards.
•Lessen has averaged 6.8 rebounds per game to rank first among SLIAC freshmen and sophomores this season and fourth overall.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK
•Eureka will take a break from SLIAC play this Thursday when the Red Devils host Lincoln Christian at 8 p.m. at the Reagan Center. Eureka swept a home-and-home series with the Red Lions last season.
•Lincoln Christian Hall of Famer Matt Clark is in his sixth season as head coach. Clark was chosen as the NCCAA Player of the Year as a senior in 2002 and is LCU’s all-time leader in points, steals and assists.
•Game results and statistics for the Red Lions are unavailable.
•The Red Devils will return to SLIAC competition this Saturday, visiting Blackburn for a 3 p.m. tip-off in Carlinville, Ill. The Red Devils are a perfect 8-0 against Blackburn since joining the SLIAC prior to the 2006-07 season.
•The Beavers enter the week with a 2-12 overall record and are winless in the SLIAC at 0-6. Blackburn has earned victories this season at Concordia (Mo.) and versus Concordia (Ind.). The Beavers are winless in four games played on their home floor.
•Junior Julian Lott leads Blackburn and ranks 12th in the league in scoring with 11.5 points per game.
•Eureka earned its 1,000th victory in school history last season with a 109-105 overtime victory over the Beavers on Jan. 20, 2010 in Carlinville.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Westminster posted two more league victories last week, downing Greenville (76-61) and Principia (82-65) to improve to 7-0 in the SLIAC.
•With the Westminster women also in first place at 7-0, the Blue Jays are looking to become the first school to sweep the SLIAC regular season basketball titles since Maryville in 2005-06.
•Webster snapped a six-game losing streak in its all-time series with Washington (Mo.) last Wednesday, dealing the two-time Division III national champion Bears a 61-58 defeat at Grant Gymnasium. Three days later, the Gorloks extended their win streak to seven games with a 66-52 win over Spalding in Louisville.
•Webster will host Westminster this Wednesday at 8 p.m. in a battle of the top two teams in the SLIAC.
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