The 19th-ranked Benedictine Men’s Basketball team defeated Dominican University 79-54 on Tuesday night at the Rice Center. The conference victory helped rebound the Eagles as they dropped their last conference matchup against CUW last week to break a 34 game NACC conference win streak. The win over Dominican also gave the Eagles double-digit conference wins with their tenth NACC victory this season.
“Great win after a tough loss Saturday,” said Head Coach Keith Bunkenburg, “But we still have a long way to go.”
The Eagles down 5-4 early in the contest, went on an 11-0 run sparked by back to back and ones and capped off by an easy fast break layup by Junior Guard Brayden Olsen with 14:48 left in the first half. The Eagles didn’t look back as they continually attacked the paint, drawing fouls and getting layups.
An athletic and one by Senior Guard Tahron Harvey was one of the highlights of the first half to give the Eagles a 16 point lead with 8:31 left in the half. A steal and layup by Senior Guard Michael Blaszczyk increased the Eagles lead to 34-14 with just over four minutes left in the half. The Eagles went into the half with a 43-18 lead.
The Eagles started slow in the second half surrendering a 7-0 run to the Dominican offense, but they quickly matched Dominican with a 6-0 run of their own. Benedictine dominated the rest of the half as they lead by as many as 32 points and finished the game with a 79-54 victory.
“My teammates did a good job setting me up today,” said Senior Forward Adam Reynolds who led the team with 22 points, “My guys helped me a lot to get open and it was a good team win for us.”
The Eagles will play their next game Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Rice Center against NACC opponent MSOE.