By: Claire Kositzky
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Benedictine University’s men’s basketball suffered a tough loss at home this past Tuesday when they played Concordia University of Chicago.
“This game was a testament of how we are a target for teams. They wanted to come in and make a statement. We have to do a better job of understanding this and take care of business at home,” said junior guard Michael Carter, Jr.
Both teams brought their “A” game to the court, battling for the lead on the scoreboard. Sophomore guard Michael Blaszczyk slam-dunked a basket early into the first half. Concordia stole the lead for a while but it did not discourage the eagle. Senior forward Tim McGinty made a three point shot that put Benedictine back in the lead of the game. Unfortunately right before the end of the first half, Concordia caught up and scored six points.
In the second half of the game, Blaszczyk made two free throw shots that tied up the score. Another two free throws from John Dodson put Benedictine in a brief lead. Again there was a back-to-back battle of the lead in the game. With confidence in stealing the lead and one minute left in the game, Blaszczyk shot a three pointer and Dodson put up a three to tie the game. Unfortunately, Concordia stole the lead by making six free throws. The final score of the game was 87-81.
“It was a tough loss but we just did not play well enough to win. You have to be ready to play every night in this conference,” stated sophomore forward Adam Reynolds.
Men’s basketball still holds a 12-7 record and a 10-4 conference record. Come cheer on the team when they face our school rival Aurora tonight at Aurora. The Eagles will have a home game Saturday, February 7 against Milwaukee School of Engineering at 4:15 p.m. in the Rice Center.