2008
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
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

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.”

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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.