Thursday, January 20, 2011

UIS will try to build off its first GLVC victory

Spring semester classes got under way Tuesday at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Getting back in the swing of things for the UIS Prairie Stars men’s basketball team was made easier thanks to Monday night’s 56-49 win at Maryville, the team’s first Great Lakes Valley Conference victory of the season. The win ended a six-game losing streak.

“Everybody felt good, and they should have,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said. “They played hard and competed for the whole 40 minutes and found a way to win. Our guys grinded it out. Our defense for the most part was really good. We had some guys make shots.

“We’ve got to come back (today) with the same approach. Missouri-St. Louis is going to be aggressive definitely. We’ve got to be able to execute and do what we do best.”

The Stars (5-11 overall, 1-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) host the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons (11-5, 5-3) at 7:30 tonight.

The team was featured in a January 20, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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