Men’s Basketball Splits with Conference Rival Aurora


The Benedictine men’s basketball team won and lost a game against conference foe Aurora University this weekend. Photo courtesy of benueagles.com

Tim Folliard – Sports Editor

The men’s basketball team was able to defeat Aurora on Friday, but lost on Saturday in a close game. Benedictine is now 5-2 on the year and are first place in the South Division of the NACC.

Friday’s 77-68 win was led by strong rebounding and defense. The Eagles led for all but about one minute of the game time. Their leading scorer was Marvin Agwomoh who dropped 19 points on 9-10 shooting. Agwomoh leads the conference in Field Goal percentage at 73%. He also led the team with 8 rebounds.

“We had a goal to hold Aurora under 70 and if we did that, we thought we could win. Fortunately, we were able to do that.” Junior Justin Chang said. “Also, we got the ball inside which allowed us to take advantage of the size.”

As a team, they had 9 more rebounds than Aurora. The Eagles other leading scorers were big men Chris Hester and Trevor Montiel with 15 and 12 points each.

Saturday’s game did not go in favor of the Eagles. Aurora pulled out the victory by 6 points, 81-75. Aurora’s victory was fueled by their 15 three-pointers and shot 50% from the field. Nick Koisich and Montiel were Benedictine’s leading scorer, they both had 16 points.

“Moving forward, we have to defend with pride and defend in late game situations.” Chang said. “We learned a lesson on Saturday and are ready to bounce back this week.”

They play Wabash College in a non-conference game this Wednesday. Wabash currently sits at a record of 3-2. Benedictine has 5 games remaining before the NACC playoffs begin. The playoffs begin March 3rd.

Benedictine Games This Week

Tuesday: Men’s Basketball vs. Wabash College 7 PM

Friday: Men’s Lacrosse vs. Alma College 1 PM

Saturday: Men’s Volleyball vs. Illinois Tech 2 PM

Saturday: Men’s Basketball vs. Lake Forest College 4 PM