Friday, January 4, 2013

Men's basketball: Dawson, Stars hold on for win

West Dawson scored 12 points and had eight rebounds to pace the University of Illinois Springfield past McKendree 69-66 Thursday in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game.

UIS’ Regan Bruenger made a layup with 2 minutes 47 seconds to play to give the Prairie Stars (3-7 overall, 1-1 GLVC) a 69-63 lead.

The Bearcats came down and John Steppe nailed a 3-pointer — capping off a 20-point performance — to pull McKenreee to within three points with 2:36 remaining.

That would be the last point, however, as each team would go scoreless from there, missing two shots each.

Steppe had a chance to tie the game, but his 3 with six seconds to play was rebounded by UIS’ Kentrell King.

Dusko Despot had 13 to lead all UIS scorers.

The win was featured by the State Journal-Register on January 4, 2013.

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