2009
Eagles win sixth straight; Take sole possesion of first place

Eagles win sixth straight; Take sole possesion of first place
February 11, 2009

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

Benedictine's men's basketball team dispatched Dominican University, 59-42, as it earned its sixth-consecutive victory. The win at the Rice Center upped the Eagles overall record to 15-7 and 10-4 in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Benedictine's victory - coupled with Milwaukee School of Engineering's win over Wisconsin Lutheran College (which had occupied first with Benedictine when the night began) - left the Eagles in sole possession of first place in the NAC South Division with two games left to play. BU will be able to determine its own fate because its remaining games happen to be at Wisconsin Lutheran this Saturday and then at home versus rival Aurora on Tuesday (Feb. 17). Both WLC and AU are a part of the three-way logjam in second place in the NAC South, one game behind BU. The Eagles win over Dominican avenged an overtime loss to the Stars three weeks ago. Since that setback to DU, Benedictine has not lost a game. The Eagles were never really tested as they rolled out to a 33-19 halftime cushion. That advantage swelled to as much as 28 points with 7:41 left in the game, permitting head coach Keith Bunkenburg to give his reserves some key minutes (in all, 17 players saw action for BU). Senior leading scorer Jared Bailey topped Benedictine's scoring with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in just 27 minutes of court time. Cameron Snelling - who played just 21 minutes - was the only other BU player in double digits with 13 points. Snelling also pulled down seven rebounds to lead Benedictine. As a team, the Eagles out-boarded the Stars by a 39-26 margin. The Eagles game at Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday tips off at 7:15 p.m. (following the women's contest). The game will be broadcast live via the Benedictine University web site.

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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.