Men's basketball suffers first loss in tournament finale

Men's basketball suffers first loss in tournament finale
November 22, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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The Benedictine men's basketball team finally got a mark in the "L" column after suffering an 84-80 loss to host Illinois College in the title game of IC's Bill Merris Tip-off Classic. The Eagles are now 3-1 overall on the young season. The Blueboys (3-0) held a 48-42 lead at the intermission and then withstood a second half rally by Benedictine. Senior Jared Bailey, the team’s leading scorer, got into foul trouble and was limited to 26 minutes played and 13 points before eventually fouling out. Dan Klecan paced BU with 18 points on a 5-of-10 shooting effort from the floor. He also grabbed five rebounds Cameron Snelling and Michael Fahey each chipped in 12 points. Snelling led the Eagles with six rebounds, while Bailey gave off a game-high four assists and had three steals before his exit. Benedictine drained 14-of-25 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Kleacan and Fahey each hit four of the long-range shots, while Bailey contributed three buckets from “downtown.”


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.