2009
Men's basketball earns top seed for NAC tourney

Men's basketball earns top seed for NAC tourney
February 21, 2009

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

Benedictine University's men's basketball team will have home-court advantage throughout next week's Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) postseason tournament thanks to its 78-64 win over Edgewood College in Saturday's "NAC Challenge" game. The win upped the BU Eagles' record to 18-7 overall and earned the team the No. 1 seed. It was Benedictine's ninth-consecutive victory. The win also avenged a last-second loss earlier in the season to Edgewood in Madison, Wis. In that game, BU was missing leading scorer Jared Bailey due to an injury. After a slow start for Bailey (six points) in Saturday's "Challenge Game" - in which NAC North and South division teams square off against their corresponding finisher from the other division - the senior took charge in the second stanza and ended the night with a game-high 21 points. Bailey hit 6-of-12 from the field and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line against the NAC North's top team. Bailey also had seven rebounds and three assists. Rob Bridgeman had a big game off the Benedictine bench. Bridgeman made good on 5-of-8 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 from the charity line, booking 16 points on the afternoon. Dan Klecan was the only other BU player in double-digit scoring with 11 points. Sophomore Cameron Snelling was held to seven points, but pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. He also had three assists and a blocked shot. Freshman teammate Nate Green made the most charitable contributions with four assists along with his nine points. Benedictine will host No. 8-seed Marian University (Wis.) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25 at the Rice Center. BU defeated the Sabres in the regular season meeting back on January 10 by a 73-43 score in Lisle.

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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.