Monday, December 19, 2011

Prairie Stars soar past crosstown rival Robert Morris

University of Illinois Springfield coach Ben Wierzba and Robert Morris University coach Scott Eades left the court with respect for one another’s programs after UIS beat the visiting Eagles 84-75 Saturday in a non-conference men’s basketball game.

The game between Springfield schools was close for most of the first half, and then UIS pulled away for a 45-32 halftime lead in front of a crowd of 875 at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

It was a welcome win for the Prairie Stars (3-7), who suffered a heartbreaking 66-64 loss to McKendree less than 24 hours earlier.

“Robert Morris came out and played hard,” Wierzba said. “They came right at us. They didn’t back down. They shot the ball well and attacked us.”

The win was featured in an December 18, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

Read the article online