For Immediate Release
Jan. 24, 2011
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
INTO THE WIN COLUMN
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team earned its first victory of the 2010-11 season last Thursday, rallying from five points down late in the second half against Lincoln Christian for a 74-71 win in front of a wild crowd at the Reagan Center.
•A layup by Eureka sophomore center Mark Lessen with 1:19 remaining gave the Red Devils a one-point advantage on the eighth lead change of the game in the win. Eureka senior Josh Wagner scored a career-high 25 points and added 12 rebounds for his fourth career double-double.
•Blackburn spoiled a career-high 17 points from Eureka senior guard Craig Black in the Beavers’ 89-63 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon in Carlinville, Ill.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK
•The Red Devils and the rest of the SLIAC will begin the second half of the conference schedule this week. Eureka’s upcoming two opponents currently reside among the top half of the SLIAC standings.
•Eureka will open a four-game home stand this Wednesday, hosting Spalding at the Reagan Center at 8 p.m.
•The Golden Eagles are 9-7 overall this season and 6-2 in league play. Despite Spalding’s league success, the Golden Eagles are ineligible for postseason play due to their NCAA Division III provisional status.
•Spalding earned a 58-43 win over the Red Devils on Jan. 12 in Louisville. The Golden Eagles are 2-1 against the Red Devils since joining the SLIAC last season, dropping a 72-58 deicision to Eureka during their only previous trip to the Reagan Center on Jan. 10, 2010.
•Junior guard DeWhon McAfee, who scored a game-high 14 points in Spalding’s win over Eureka earlier this month, ranks second among SLIAC players with a 19.3 scoring average this season. He also ranks second in minutes (30.4), fourth in steals (1.8) and 10th in assists (2.6).
•The Red Devils will host SLIAC co-leader Webster this Saturday at 3 p.m. The Gorloks will put their nine-game win streak on the line at Principia this Tuesday prior to Saturday’s game at the Reagan Center.
•Webster posted a 64-52 win over the Red Devils in the two squads’ first meeting this season in St. Louis on Dec. 4. The Gorloks are 12-4 overall this season and 9-2 since their win over the Red Devils last month.
•The Gorloks lead the SLIAC this season in scoring defense (62.2), scoring margin (+8.6), assists (15.1), steals (9.0) and turnover margin (+2.31).
AT THE MIDWAY POINT
•With eight SLIAC games down and eight SLIAC games to go this season, Eureka is well-represented among the league leaders in conference action.
•Josh Wagner leads the SLIAC in league games with a 8.9 rebounding average and has grabbed 13 rebounds on two different occasions during the conference schedule.
•Mark Lessen leads the league with 14 blocked shots in conference action and has recorded six multi-block games.
•Blake Chapman remains one of only six SLIAC players with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in league play with 30 assists and 20 turnovers in 217 minutes played.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•At the midway point of the 2010-11 SLIAC schedule, Webster forced a tie atop the league standings with Westminster after its 57-48 victory over the Blue Jays last Wednesday in St. Louis. The Gorloks also won Saturday at Greenville, extending their win streak to nine games.
•Greenville will face a difficult road test this weekend, traveling to face Division I Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Saturday night at 7 p.m.
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