Thursday, March 13, 2014

GLVC tourney win highlights UIS men’s basketball strong finish

In a roller-season season, the University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team rode a high in the end.

The Prairie Stars won their first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament game to reach the quarterfinal round.

“We got back to guarding and gave ourselves a chance,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said. “We had different guys who could step up and score, but we had to stop people.”

The Stars produced a 10-18 overall record and placed sixth in the GLVC East Division with a 5-13 record. They finished with two more overall wins and one less conference victory than the 2012-13 season.

UIS’ season can be broken down into three parts. The Stars got off to a 5-7 start that ended with 106-99 road win against Quincy. In the next 13 games, they went 3-10.

The team was featured in The State Journal-Register on March 13, 2014.

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