2008
Eagles fall to leagure-leader in overtime thriller

Eagles fall to leagure-leader in overtime thriller
January 30, 2008

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

It was nothing more than a "typical" Aurora-Benedictine men's basketball game. To heck with won-lost records. Northern Athletics Conference leader Aurora (16-3, 12-0 NAC) got all it could handle from Benedictine University (6-13, 5-7 NAC) in an 82-80 overtime thriller won by the Spartans in Lisle. The Eagles went at AU from the outset and did not back down from the veteran Spartan lineup. The game gave fans their money's worth, too, with 10 ties and 21 lead changes. Aurora's largest lead was eight points, while Benedictine's biggest cushion was six. Benedictine was led by Jared Bailey's 22 points, on a seven-for-13 shooting night. Bailey also had five assists and three steals. Cameron Snelling added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Tim Swanson's 10 points rounded out the Eagles in double figures. Patrick Noonan had a game-leading eight assists to go along with his eight points.

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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.