For Immediate Release
Men's Basketball -- Jan. 26, 2010
Men's Basketball Falls to Spalding, 81-47
EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College sophomore guard Jordan Fehr (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S.) 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 an 81-47 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over the Red Devils, Wednesday night at the Reagan Center.
The Red Devils got off to a solid start, leading by as many as four points in the opening minutes on an interior bucket by sophomore Mark Lessen (Delavan, Ill./Delavan H.S.) for a 7-3 lead with 15:56 to go. Spalding responded with a flurry, scoring the next five points for an 8-7 lead and later taking the lead for good on Jamal Bacon’s 3-pointer for an 11-9 advantage with 13:33 left in the first half.
Following Bacon’s basket, Spalding made eight of its next nine field attempts to build a double-digit lead. McAfee’s 3-point basket just before the horn to end the first half gave Spalding its biggest lead of the half, 43-20.
Fehr helped the Red Devils start the second half strong, knocking down a pair of treys to highlight an 8-0 Eureka run immediately after halftime. McAfee ended the surge with his second of three 3-pointers on the night, bumping the Spalding lead back to 18 points, 46-28. Eureka senior Craig Black (Sullivan, Ill./Sullivan H.S.) knocked down a 3-ball with 12:26 left to claw the Red Devils back within 16, 55-39, but it was McAfee again with a 3-pointer to answer and the Golden Eagles wouldn’t lead by less than 19 points again.
Black, the only Red Devils to start all 17 games this season, added 10 points for the Red Devils. Wagner had six points, six rebounds and matched a career-high with five assists, while sophomore point guard Blake Chapman (Serena, Ill./Serena H.S.) made all three of his field goal attempts to tie a career-best with six points.
Bacon scored 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Thomas Blakemore also scored in double-figures for the Golden Eagles with 10 points.
Eureka will continue its season-long four-game home stand this Saturday when SLIAC co-leader Webster visits the Reagan Center for a 3 p.m. tip-off.
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