For Immediate Release
Nov. 30, 2010
Principia Clips Men's Basketball, 90-87
EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College junior guard Jordan Kindred (Chrisman, Ill./Chrisman H.S.) scored 22 of his career-high 32 points in the second half, but reigning St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week Todd Zimmerman knocked down six three-point field goals on his way to a 38-point showing in Principia’s 90-87 SLIAC win over the Red Devils, Tuesday night at the Reagan Center.
Zimmerman helped the Panthers (2-1, 1-0 SLIAC) erase a double-digit deficit in a second half that featured five lead changes. Principia didn’t take its first lead of the contest until the 5:32 mark of the second half when Colin Angle’s lay-in pushed the Panthers in front, 72-71. Eureka would regain the lead on a triple from senior guard Craig Black (Sullivan, Ill./Sullivan H.S.) before Zimmerman scored on three of Principia’s next four possessions for a 79-75 lead with 4:03 remaining. The Principia lead swelled to eight, 83-75, after baskets from Jeremy Gillman and Naveed Hosseinmardi before the Red Devils put together one final run.
A layup and a three-pointer from Kindred sandwiched Angle splitting a pair of free throws with 26 seconds left, bringing the Red Devils back within a single possession (88-86). Angle split another pair of foul shots with 23 seconds left to stretch the lead to three before the Panthers sent Kindred to the free throw line with 17 seconds left. Kindred and Kenny Sydness each made one free throw over the following two possessions, giving the Red Devils one final chance down three with 10.1 seconds left. Eureka was unable to get a shot off, and the Panthers held on for the three-point win.
Four Eureka starters scored in double-figures. Sophomore center Mark Lessen (Delavan, Ill./Delavan H.S.) scored 18 points and dunked with 66 seconds left in the first half. Junior guard Andy Leppard (Crescent City, Ill./Crescent-Iroquois H.S.) added 14 points and tied a career-high with six assists. Black had 12 points for the Red Devils, including a 54-second stretch midway through the first half in which he scored eight points on three consecutive possessions. Senior forward Josh Wagner (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S.) set a new career-best with 13 rebounds and matched Hosseinmardi with a game-high four offensive boards.
Zimmerman was 6-for-9 from three-point range and went 14-for-16 from the free throw line. Gillman had 13, followed by Sydness and Hosseinmardi with 11 each. Principia went 25-for-36 from the free throw line, just the seventh time since the beginning of the 2007-08 season a Eureka opponent had taken at least 30 free throw attempts.
Eureka will continue conference play this Saturday, visiting Webster in St. Louis for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Red Devils last won at Webster on Jan. 17, 2009 behind 20 points from Kindred in an 80-76 win.
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