Monday, November 25, 2013

Balanced UIS earns second straight men's basketball victory

Everyone got in on the action for the University of Illinois Springfield in its 88-73 victory against Missouri Western in a non-conference men’s basketball game Saturday.

Of the nine players who took the court for UIS, six scored in double figures. But another eye-catching statistic stood out and impressed UIS coach Ben Wierzba.

“We had 22 assists on 32 field goals,” he said. “That’s what we’ve got to do to be successful.”

For the first time since February 2012, UIS (2-2) has back-to-back wins. It defeated Cedarville 72-63 last Saturday.

UIS’ Regan Bruenger led all scorers with 18. Jacob Williams contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds. Dylan Sparkman, who was on the bench for a large portion of the first half with two fouls, added 16 points.

“That’s really good,” Wierzba said. “We shot 50 percent (from the field). We shot 53 (percent) from 3.”

The win was featured by The State Journal-Register on November 24, 2013.

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