3-0 Eagles advance to tourney title tilt

3-0 Eagles advance to tourney title tilt
November 21, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine's men's basketball team overcame a three-point halftime deficit to defeat Eureka College, 81-68, in the opening game of the Illinois College Tournament. With the win, the Eagles (3-0) advance to the championship game on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) versus host Illinois College. Benedictine trailed at the intermission by a 33-30 margin. However, after a poor shooting first half (34 percent), the Eagles were polar opposite in the second stanza by canning 59 percent of their shots from the field and outscoring Eureka 51-35. Sophomore guard Cameron Snelling was the game's high scorer (18 points) and rebounder (nine boards). Snelling connected on 7-of-11 from the floor. Jared Bailey was close behind with 17 points and a game-leading four assists. Rob Bridgeman's 11 points and Michael Fahey's 10 points rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Eagles. Benedictine did a good job taking care of the basketball, committing just 13 turnovers. Conversely, the Eagles' defense forced the Red Devils into 27 miscues.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.