Anthony Kohlrus Sports Journalism Feb. 3, 2013
Trojans beat Bulldogs in Thriller Trojans 55, Bulldogs 51
SPRINGFIELD – It’s time for the Benedictine University Bulldogs to go back to the kennel and search for an answer. The Bulldog’s hosted conference rival Hannibal-LaGrange University Saturday evening at Gold’s Gym but would leave the gym with a disappointing 55-51 loss. The Bulldog’s started the game out with quick passes and good defense pressure to give them an early 11-2 lead. The Trojans of Hannibal- LaGrange University having only shot 4-19 from the field in the first 15 minutes found themselves down 26-8 with five minutes left to play in the half. After a must needed 30 second timeout for the Trojans, Junior Mario Dean and Senior Jurgen Lico took it upon themselves to fire back and keep the game within three points, 26-23, going into halftime. Starting the second half similar to the first the Bulldogs ran the court and grabbed their largest second half lead of 10 points with eight minutes left. Down 50-39 and having not lead once during the entire game the Trojans made a strong final push by playing physical man to man defense. the Trojans were able to climb their way back
from a 10 point deficit to tie the game with minutes left to play. With ineffective ball handling skills the Bulldogs made huge mistakes at the end to allow the Trojans to go onto a 6-0 run giving them their first conference win of the year. The Trojans were led by guard Mario Dean who shot 6-16 from the field and finished with a game high 15 points, and guard Jurgen Lico who shot 6-13 from the field and also finished with a game high 15 points. The Bulldogs were led by center Stephen Shepherd who shot 5-9 from the field and finished the game with 14 points and guard Reggie Thomas who shot 4-13 from the field and finished with 10 points. The 55-51 victory over the Bulldogs is the first since December 8, 2012 when the Trojans won 64-54 over Iowa Wesleyan. Hannibal-LaGrange University improves to 1-8 in conference and 4-17 overall. Their next match up will be Thursday, Feb. 2 against William Woods University on the road. Benedictine University improves to 2-8 in the conference and 5-17 overall. The Bulldogs will host the undefeated Cougars of Columbia College on Thursday, Feb. 2 at home.