Monday, December 12, 2011

UIS makes Majerus work for 500th win

This was supposed to be Saint Louis University coach Rick Majerus’ big day, but for more than a half the University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team grabbed the attention.

The Division II Prairie Stars took a two-point halftime lead against Division I Saint Louis before the Billikens recovered for a 72-62 victory Saturday at Chaifetz Arena. Majerus earned his 500th career win, and the Prairie Stars earned some respect.

“We showed up ready to play in the first half,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said. “We executed very well on offense and defense.”

Michael Fakuade finished with 14 points to lead the Prairie Stars, and Jermaine Love-Roberts went 5 for 5 from the field and scored 13.

The game was featured in an December 11, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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