For Immediate Release
Jan. 31, 2011
Eureka Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
TWO SLIAC SETBACKS
•The Eureka College men’s basketball team dropped two St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games last week at the Reagan Center, falling 81-47 to Spalding on Wednesday and 63-58 to SLIAC leader Webster on Saturday.
• Eureka sophomore guard Jordan Fehr scored a career-high 11 points in his third career start, but Spalding received a game-high 29 points and five assists from DeWhon McAfee in Wednesday’s game. Eureka senior Craig Black added 10 points for the Red Devils.
•Eureka cut its 19-point second half deficit down to as little as three points late Saturday versus Webster, but the visiting Gorloks withstood the Red Devils’ rally and held on for the five-point win. Black scored 13 points to lead the Red Devils.
BLACK INCREASES HIS OFFENSE
•One of only three seniors on the 2010-11 roster and the active Eureka leader with 92 games played, Craig Black has paced the Eureka offense during the last 10 days with three consecutive double-digit scoring performances.
•Black scored a career-high 17 points in 33 minutes at Blackburn on Jan. 22, followed by a 10-point showing against Spalding last Wednesday and a 13-point performance versus Webster on Saturday.
•The four-year veteran from Sullivan, Ill. is the only Eureka player to start all 18 games this season and leads active Red Devils with a 9.6 scoring average in SLIAC games.
SCOUTING THIS WEEK
•Eureka will host the second half of its season-long four-game home stand this week, welcoming SLIAC foes Greenville (Wednesday, 8 p.m.) and Fontbonne (Saturday, 3 p.m.).
•Greenville will enter Wednesday’s tilt with a 10-7 overall record and a 6-3 SLIAC mark. The Panthers currently own a two-game lead over Fontbonne with seven games remaining for the final spot in the league tournament.
•The Panthers have produced inconsistent results in the month of January, posting a 5-4 record in their last nine outings. That nine-game stretch began in Greenville’s 89-75 win over Eureka on Jan. 6. In that contest, Greenville’s Andy Traeger scored a game-high 24 points and Eureka sophomore Mark Lessen poured a career-high 20 points.
•Greenville owns a 5-4 all-time record in SLIAC games against Eureka, but has won only once in four previous visits to the Reagan Center.
•The Red Devils will close their home stand this Saturday when five-time SLIAC Tournament champion Fontbonne visits the Reagan Center. The Griffins are 5-12 overall and 4-5 in league play.
•The Griffins nearly squandered a 12-point lead in the final six minutes of their previous meeting with Eureka on Jan. 4 in Clayton before holding on to a 59-57 win. Eureka’s Josh Wagner scored a game-high 18 points in that game.
•Fontbonne has won three straight games at the Reagan Center, including a 94-93 buzzer-beater last January when Nolan Zoellner hit a 3-pointer as the horn.
AROUND THE SLIAC
•Webster’s win over Eureka on Saturday was its second league win of the week after topping Principia in Elsah on Tuesday, 67-57. The Gorloks own a one-game lead over Spalding for first place and a two-game lead over Westminster for the top seed and the right to host the league tournament.
•After opening SLIAC play with seven consecutive wins, Westminster continued its slide and dropped two league contests last week to extend its losing streak to three. Despite the streak, the Blue Jays remain one of four SLIAC teams with an overall record over .500.
•Greenville put a scare into Southern Illinois-Edwardsville last Saturday night, trailing by as few as three points early in the second half, but the Panthers eventually dropped a 78-57 decision in the SLIAC’s second and final game against a Division I opponent this season.
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