2010
Bridgeman explodes to lead Benedictine past Concordia Wisconsin

Bridgeman explodes to lead Benedictine past Concordia Wisconsin
February 8, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Mequon, Wisconsin – Rob Bridgeman scored a season-high 21 points to lead Benedictine University to a 70-66 victory Saturday over Northern Athletics Conference North leader Concordia Wisconsin. Bridgeman, averaging just 9 points per game on the year, scored 12 points in the second half. The 6-foot-5 senior was 7 of 8 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free throw line. Bridgeman’s 21 points, coupled with 10 points off the bench by Dan Klecan (pictured at left), gave Benedictine a 42-28 advantage in bench points. Klecan also had a team-high nine rebounds. A.J. Brown chipped in nine points of his own on 4 of 4 shooting, while Cameron Snelling added seven points and eight rebounds. Benedictine (12-9, 6-7 in NAC) fell behind early as Concordia took a quick four-point lead. The Eagles climbed back on the heels of a Brown layup to cut the deficit to two. Brown came down on the next possession and hit a three-pointer to give Benedictine a one-point advantage. Benedictine would hold the lead until the five-minute mark of the first half when Concordia’s Kyle Barth (10 points, 4 of 9 shooting) hit consecutive jumpers. The Eagles would answer on a three-point play from Bridgeman. Jamison Montgomery hit free throws and assisted yet another Bridgeman bucket to give Benedictine a four-point lead going into the half. Benedictine dominated the second stanza, leading by as much as 14 after a Terry Licht three-pointer. Concordia (12-9, 8-5) was able to cut the Benedictine advantage to two after a Mitchell Schneider three-pointer, but two more free throws from Bridgeman sealed the victory for Benedictine. Benedictine will return to action Wednesday when it travels to River Forest to take on Dominican University. For more Athletics News, visit the Athletics 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.