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

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

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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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 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.