For Immediate Release
Men's Basketball -- Dec. 15, 2010
Robert Morris-Springfield Shoots Down Eureka, 78-52
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Eureka College senior forward Josh Wagner (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S./Carl Sandburg) recorded career-highs of 15 points and 19 rebounds, but Robert Morris-Springfield shot 55 percent from 3-point range in the second half to inflate a 5-point halftime lead to a 78-52 non-conference win over the Red Devils, Wednesday night in Springfield, Ill.
The first half went back and forth and featured five lead changes. A lay-in by Wagner with 2:58 left before halftime forced a 21-21 score, the sixth tie of the half. The Eagles responded by scoring eight straight points over the next 2-minutes, 33-seconds before Eureka sophomore guard Tanner Schreck (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Rosevile H.S.) knocked down a 3-pointer as the horn sounded for halftime. RMU carried a 29-24 lead into the break.
The hosts started the second half strong and took their first double-digit lead on Tim Tarver's triple with 16:01 left for a 43-33 lead. Eureka trimmed its deficit back to single-digits on two different occasions behind baskets by sophomore Mark Lessen (Delavan, Ill./Delavan H.S.) and Schreck, but the Eagles controlled the final 14 minutes en route to their fifth victory over a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent this season.
The 19 boards for Wagner were the most by a Eureka player since Chris Tarpley snagged 19 rebounds against MacMurray on Feb. 23, 2007. Lessen added 14 points for the Red Devils and fell just short of his second straight double-double with nine rebounds. Schreck, who made his first career start on Wednesday, had 11 points and knocked down all three of Eureka's 3-point baskets for the game.
Robert Morris guard Anthony Patton scored a game-high 25 points behind six 3-pointers and had eight steals in the full 40 minutes to lead the Eagles. He also had a team-best nine rebounds.
Eureka will return to the state capital on Saturday to square off against D-II Illinois-Springfield at 3 p.m.
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