Men's basketball soars in season opener, 88-67

Men's basketball soars in season opener, 88-67
November 15, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Mr. Miyagi from the movie "Karate Kid" would have loved the Benedictine University men's basketball season opener, an 88-67 win over Lake Forest College at the Rice Center. In that movie, the martial arts mentor stressed the importance of "balance," which is exactly what the Eagles (1-0) put on display Saturday evening. Benedictine tallied 44 points in each half, had five players in double-digit scoring and had 10 players (of 13 to see action in the game) contributing points. Eight players garnered three or more rebounds, while the Eagles' defense held the Foresters (0-1) to just 39 percent shooting from the floor. Heading the quintet of double-figure scorers for Benedictine was returning senior Jared Bailey. Bailey booked 15 points and gave off five assists, while shooting 50 percent from the floor overall (6-12, from three-point range (2-4) and from the free throw line (1-2). Freshman Nate Green came off the Eagles' bench to pour in 14 points in 21 minutes during his collegiate debut. Green was "money" from the floor, hitting 4-of-5 shots from both the field and free throw line. Green also snared four rebounds and had three assists. Junior Dan Klecan, 6-of-11 shooting, added 13 points and five rebounds to the Benedictine coffers. Sophomores Cameron Snelling and A.J. Brown each tallied 12 points, while grabbing six and five boards, respectively. Senior Travis Wilson's nine rebounds paced Benedictine in that category. As a team, the Eagles topped the Foresters on the glass by a 45-36 margin. In its first game with the expanded three-point distance, Benedictine hit seven-of-20 shots from beyond the arc. LFC was 4-of-21 from long distance. The Eagles will next be in action at home versus Beloit (Wis.) College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) in another non-conference contest.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.