For the second straight year, the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship marked the end of the season for the University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team.
Fifth-seeded and 15th-ranked Bellarmine won 79-57 against No. 12 seed UIS at Knights Hall on Sunday. It gave the Prairie Stars a final record of 8-19.
Seniors West Dawson and Kyle Gupton led the Prairie Stars.
Dawson collected 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal. Gupton rang up 12 points, including two 3-pointers.
Regan Bruenger and sophomore Dylan Sparkman scored seven points apiece for UIS.
UIS went 0-2 against Bellarmine for the season. In January, then-fourth-ranked Bellarmine beat the Stars by 29 points, the worst defeat of the year for UIS.
The loss was featured by The State Journal-Register on March 4, 2013.
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