Eagles cage Cougars in men's basketball, 66-63

Eagles cage Cougars in men's basketball, 66-63
January 7, 2009

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Benedictine University's men's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to score a 66-63 win over Concordia University Chicago at the Rice Center. The Eagles improved to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference. BU trailed by 10 points with 12:01 left to play in the game and was still down by nine, 53-44, at the 7:52 mark. It was at that juncture the Eagles took flight on their comeback run. Benedictine embarked on a 14-3 run over the next 4 1/2 minutes. The skein started with a pair of free throws by Michael Fahey and culminated when Dan Klecan's pair of charity tosses gave Benedictine a 58-57 advantage. It was a lead Benedictine would not relinquish. Klecan led Benedictine's scoring with 20 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the free throw line, while also sharing team high rebound honors with five. Klecan canned four, three point baskets, as well. Jared Bailey added 13 points as the only other Eagle in double figures. Bailey also had a game-leading five assists. A.J. Brown also grabbed five boards and chipped in nine points. Rob Bridgeman came off of the Eagles' bench to tally eight points.


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.