2009
Eagles halted in NAC semifinals, 74-72

Eagles halted in NAC semifinals, 74-72
February 27, 2009

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

The third time proved to be the charm for Aurora University in finally defeating Benedictine men's basketball team in 2008-09, 74-72, in the semifinals of the Northern Athletics Conference tournament. The loss snapped the Eagles' 10-game win streak and left the team with a 19-8 record. Benedictine had a chance to break the game open in the first half, leading by 12 points with 1:04 left in the opening period. Aurora cut that to seven by the intermission – 36-29 – and took the lead by the 16:38 mark of the second period after a 13-5 run. Cameron Snelling paced Benedictine with 18 points and nine rebounds. Snelling was 6-of-12 from the floor. Michael Fahey had 12 points, thanks to a 4-of-5 shooting effort. Dan Klecan added 11 points and six rebounds. Senior Jared Bailey added nine points, five rebounds and six assists. Freshman Nate Green had a game-leading seven assists to go along with his eight points.

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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.