Monday, February 20, 2012

UIS men keep West title hopes alive

The culprit who caused the chaos on the final play Saturday in the University of Illinois Springfield’s 70-69 win over Missouri-St. Louis remains a mystery.

That’s OK with the Prairie Stars because their hopes of winning the West Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference are still alive.

The back-and-forth men’s basketball game came down to the closing seconds and a wild finish at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The game was tied at 69 with 7 seconds left when UIS senior forward Michael Fakuade stepped to the free-throw line. He made the first of two free throws for a one-point lead but missed the second.

The Stars (14-12 overall, 11-6 in the conference) pulled within a game of Missouri-St. Louis (17-8, 12-5) in the West Division. UIS is tied for second in the West with Quincy (18-7, 11-6).

The win was featured in an February 20, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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