Friday, November 12, 2010

Challenging start awaits Prairie Stars men's basketball team

University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball fans can catch their first glimpse of the 2010-11 Prairie Stars at 7:45 p.m. today in the regular-season opener against Lake Superior State at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

UIS first-year coach Ben Wierzba already has had the opportunity to see his team in action. The Stars lost 80-53 to Illinois-Chicago last week and fell 111-66 Sunday at Iowa.

“We had good and bad moments,” he said. “When we executed like we were supposed to, good things happened for us. There were some strong points defensively. We took a couple charges and dove on the floor for loose balls.”

The NCAA Division II Stars didn’t score an upset of a Division I team. However, other GLVC members pulled off victories over Division I opponents in exhibition games on the road.

The team was featured in a November 12, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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