2008
Men's basketball drops NAC opener on the road

Men's basketball drops NAC opener on the road
December 2, 2008

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

The Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) season-opening game did not go as hoped for Benedictine University, as the team dropped an 86-67 decision at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Eagles are now 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the NAC, while the Raiders improved to 4-0 and 1-0 in the league. What was a close game at halftime - with MSOE clinging to a four-point (38-34) lead - exploded in the early stages of the second stanza. Benedictine appeared to have stolen the momentum at the end of the first half, cutting the Raiders' advantage from eight points to the four at intermission, thanks to a three-point basket by Patrick Noonan and a three-point play by Dan Klecan. But when the teams emerged from the locker rooms, it was MSOE which seemed energized, going on a 12-3 run within the first four minutes that gave the hosts a 50-37 cushion. The Eagles were never able to get that margin below double digits the rest of the game. Benedictine trailed by as much as 23 with 8:03 left on the game clock. Klecan led the team in scoring with 17 points on a 6-for-11 night shooting. Klecan also grabbed four rebounds. Sophomore Cameron Snelling tossed in 12 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor and snagging a team-leading five boards. Senior guard Jared Bailey added 10 points. The Eagles will try to regroup on Saturday at home versus Lakeland College (Wis.). The men's tip-off is at 4:15 p.m., following the women's game at 2:00 p.m.

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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.