2009
Men's basketball not Marian kind in 73-43 win

Men's basketball not Marian kind in 73-43 win
January 10, 2009

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

Benedictine University's men's basketball team parlayed a big second half into a 73-43 win over Marian University (Wis.) at the Rice Center. The Eagles improved to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the Northern Athletics Conference. It was also the fourth-consecutive victory for Benedictine's team. The Eagles led the Sabres by a score of 32-23 at halftime. That lead shrunk to six points as MU rattled off the first three points of the second stanza. The BU advantage was still nine points - 48-39 with 11:23 left in the game. However, Benedictine's defense would permit Marian just four points the rest of the game, while the Eagles poured in 25 points of their own down the stretch. Senior guard Jared Bailey had a huge night for Benedictine by connecting on 8-of-11 from the field - including four three-point baskets - good for a 23-point night. Bailey also had a team-leading four assists and grabbed five rebounds. Dan Klecan added 13 points (thanks to a 9-for-9 night at the free throw stripe) and a game-high nine rebounds. Rob Bridgeman came off of the Eagles' bench to tally 10 points and snare seven rebounds. Bridgeman had three blocked shots, as well.

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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.