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Local product Mark Roth‘s only basket of the game was a huge 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and NCAA Division III Augustana held on for a 58-56 win against a short-handed Bradley team Thursday night at Carver ArenaHunter Hill scored a game-high 18 points for the NCAA Division III preseason No. 3 Vikings and was Augustana’s only double-digit scorer. The 5-foot-9 junior guard also led the Vikings with six rebounds and five assists. Despite the cold shooting, which included a collective 7-for-25 (.280) effort in the second half, Bradley actually had a shot in the air to win the game at the buzzer, but Donte Thomas half-court runner hit off the backboard. Thomas had buried his second trey of the game with 5 seconds remaining to get the Braves within 57-56 and Augustana’s Danielius Jurgutis split two free throws with 3 seconds remaining to leave the door open for the Braves. Bradley officially will open its 111th men’s basketball season Nov. 14 when the Braves host Texas-Arlington in a 7 p.m. game at Carver Arena.

-Bob

Eureka College junior guard Caty Eeten poured in a game-high 29 points, while sophomore forward Kelsey Shoemake delivered her third consecutive double-double, leading the Red Devils to their highest point total versus a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent since joining the league six years ago in a 91-77 conference victory over MacMurray, Wednesday night at the Reagan Center. The Red Devils scored the first four points of the game and eventually took its largest lead of the first 20 minutes when senior forward Melissa Clements hit a jumper for a 24-15 advantage with 7:45 to play before halftime. The Highlanders answered with a 13-0 run over the next 3:39, as Whittney Wade‘s 3-pointer gave the visitors their first lead of the night, 25-24, with 4:39 left. Eureka regrouped, regaining the lead for good in the final minute on a 3-point play from freshman forward Kayla Bryant, the first points of her collegiate career. Bryant’s effort gave the Red Devils a 33-32 edge, part of an 8-0 run that allowed the hosts to carry a 38-32 lead into the locker room. Eeten went 11-for-17 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line on her way to 29 points. Shoemake tacked on 21 points and 13 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jenna Brooks also reached double-figures with 11 points. Senior forward Jaylynn Stewart distributed a game-high seven assists. The victory improves the Red Devils to 3-0 overall for the second consecutive season and just the third time since the 1991-92 season. The Red Devils are also 1-0 in SLIAC play for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall. Eureka will continue SLIAC play Saturday with its annual trip to Louisville, Ky. for a noon CT tip-off versus Spalding. Click here to view more game photo’s.

-Bob

Eureka College fifth-year guard Jordan Kindred scored his 1,000th career point midway through the second half, hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds remaining and swatted away Monmouth’s potential game-tying layup as time expired, sending the Red Devils to an 82-80 non-conference victory over the Fighting Scots, Tuesday night at the Reagan Center. The decision marked Eureka’s first victory over Monmouth College since Feb. 24, 1976. After Monmouth’s Jon Calhoun successfully converted a 3-point play for an 80-79 lead with 17.5 seconds remaining, Eureka advanced the ball past half court without calling a timeout to run an offensive set.  Eureka senior forward Dustin Fritsch eventually found Kindred, who pulled up and buried a 27-footer from straightaway for an 82-80 lead. With no timeouts remaining, the Scots frantically advanced the ball past half court and toward the goal, but Mike DeDecker’s driving layup attempt was swatted away from behind by Kindred just before the final horn. The Scots’ lead swelled to double-digits, 49-39, on Nick Marema’s layup with 16:59 left in the contest. The Red Devils answered with a 13-3 burst and forced a 52-52 deadlock when senior guard Rian Nailor scored inside at the 12:34 mark. The Red Devils eventually claimed their first lead since the 1:45 mark of the first half when senior reserve center D.T. Thornton scored for a 59-58 edge with 8:46 to play.

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-Bob

After dropping the first two games of Wednesday’s non-conference match against Knox College, the Eureka College volleyball team stormed back to win game three and twice served game point in game four, but the visiting Prairie Fire rallied to hold off the Red Devils’ charge and earned a 25-18, 25-15, 16-25, 29-27 victory at the Reagan Center. The decision spoiled Eureka’s 2012 home opener. Knox (2-14) never trailed in either of the first two games to race to an early lead in the match. After a Eureka kill from freshman outside hitter Sam Vogel forced a 7-7 tie in the opening game, the visitors responded with six consecutive points to take control with a 13-7 cushion. Eureka clawed back within five, 15-10, after a kill from senior outside hitter Shari Steidinger, but the Prairie Fire was able to coast to a 25-18 win. Game four saw 17 ties and 11 lead changes, as neither squad was able to push their lead past four points. Knox gained their biggest edge of the frame at 16-13 following a Eureka attack error. The Red Devils fired back, using a 8-2 run capped by a kill from junior outside hitter Jacqui Kane to lead 22-18. Knox answered with four straight points for a 22-22 tie, but the Red Devils ultimately forced game point, 25-24, after Peyton McAtee’s kill. Knox was able to fend off game point twice over the next series of volleys, and eventually earned the victory when Amber Eisha blocked the Red Devils’ attack for a 29-27 victory. Click here to view more game photo’s.

-Bob

Off to its best start in school history, the Grinnell College men’s basketball team won a hard fought 102-90 come-from-behind victory over Monmouth College before 875 fans. The Pioneers are now a program-best 14-1 on the season while improving to 10-1 in the Midwest Conference. They’ll take that mark into Saturday afternoon’s contest at Lake Forest College, a team that is 11-0 in the league. Junior guard Griffin Lentsch led Grinnell with 30 points, hitting 5-of-12 from 3-point land. Also in double figures for the Pioneers were Patrick Maher with 16 points and Matt Chalupa with 10. Kenny Foster, Michael DeDecker and David Altman led the Fighting Scots in scoring with 14 points each. The Pioneers had 13 steals and forced 35 turnovers with there tenacious man-to-man defense.

-Bob

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