Friday, November 8, 2013

UIS men's basketball team confident going into opener

Coach Ben Wierzba was pleased with the preseason progress of the University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team.

Now, the Prairie Stars will show him and everyone else what they can do when games matter. UIS tips off the season against Northwood (Mich.) Saturday afternoon.

UIS warmed up for the opener against NCAA Division I University of Evansville in an exhibition last Saturday. Evansville won 82-74.

“I was happy with how our guys competed,” Wierzba said. “That was the biggest thing for us. We competed for 40 minutes and gave ourselves a chance. It was our first time going out there, and Evansville had already played a game.”

The Stars could have led at halftime, but were within 38-35 of Evansville.

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on November 8, 2013.

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