2008
Eagles come up short in rivalry game

Eagles come up short in rivalry game
December 15, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Playing without injured leading scorer Jared Bailey, Benedictine University's men's basketball team had a tough time matching firepower against regional rival North Central College, 71-63, at The Rice Center. The non-conference loss dropped the Eagles to 4-4 overall, while the Cardinals improved to 5-2. Benedictine was led by sophomore Cameron Snelling with 14 points and a game-leading nine rebounds. Snelling hit 6-of-8 from the floor. The Eagles' only other double-figure scorer was Rob Bridgeman, who tossed in 11 points off the bench. Bridgeman had a team-high four assists. In all, NCC had a total of five players in double figures. The Eagles shot 44 percent from the field (21-48) and North Central was a comparable 48 percent (22-46). Benedictine drained eight, three-point baskets, while the Cards connected on four makes from long range. The deciding factor proved to be at the free throw line where NCC went to the stripe 37 times and made good on 23 attempts. BU, on the other hand, was just 13-for-20 in charity tosses. The Eagles will next be in action on Friday (Dec. 19/7:00 p.m.) at the Elmhurst Tournament, taking on host Elmhurst College.

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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.