2008
Eagles edge Edgewood in men's hoops, 73-71

Eagles edge Edgewood in men's hoops, 73-71
February 16, 2008

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

The Benedictine men's basketball squad kept its hopes for a berth in the 8-team Northern Athletics Conference post-season tournament alive with a 73-71 win over Edgewood College. Benedictine is now 10-14 overall and 9-8 in the NAC. Benedictine has just a game versus Marian College remaining next Saturday (Feb. 23). Several of the teams ahead of BU have two games remainng, meaning that Benedictine could still climb higher in the seedings or be left out entirely. But Benedictine had plenty of work to do on Saturday night just to keep itself in position. BU trailed Edgewood by as much as 15 points with 14:54 remaining in the game, before methodically chipping away at EC's advantage. Benedictine would outscore Edgewood 33-16 down the stretch to gain the win. BU tied the game at 65-65 with 6:33 left on a layup by A.J. Brown, only to see Edgewood go back up by five points at the 5:03 mark. Junior guard Jared Bailey hit a short jumper and then buried a three-point basket as Benedictine once again forged a tie at 68-68. Bailey would score eight of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the game. Brown then made a steal and layup with 2:01 left to play to give BU the lead it would not relinquish. Brown would finish the game with 14 points and a team-leading six rebounds as the only other BU player in double figures. Patrick Noonan had five assists and nine points before fouling out.

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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.