2008
Men's basketball season ends at NAC tourney

Men's basketball season ends at NAC tourney
February 26, 2008

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

The upstart Benedictine University men's basketball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday evening with its 96-75 loss at No. 1 seed Aurora University in the first round of the Northern Athletics Conference tournament. The Eagles finish 2007-08 with an overall record of 11-15, after qualifying for the NAC's post-season event for the second time in as many seasons since the league's founding. BU never really got on track and found itself down 51-29 by halftime. The veteran Spartans maintained a 20-point lead for most of the second half. The young Eagles' lineup - with just one senior on its active roster - was no match for the two-time defending NAC regular season champs. While Benedictine shot a respectable 41 percent from the floor, Aurora hit nearly 56 percent with its senior-dominated lineup. The Eagles were led by lone senior Tim Swanson, playing his final game to cap a four-year career. Swanson had 18 points on a 6-for-11 shooting night. Junior guard Jared Bailey chipped in 17 points and six assists, while A.J. Brown added 10 points and five boards. Freshman Brian Genslinger had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.

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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.