Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Men's Basketball: Stars named NCAA Division II Team of the Week

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team notched back-to-back victories over ranked opponents and on Tuesday earned NCAA Division II Team of the Week honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The Prairie Stars upset No. 8 Bellarmine 77-75 on Thursday thanks to a game-winning 3-pointer by Jesus Castillo with 0.7 seconds remaining at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

UIS then took down No. 22 Indianapolis 89-86 in overtime at home on Saturday.

Daniel Soetan leads the Stars with 17.9 points per game, followed by Chase Robinson (14.9), Keymonta Johnson (13.9) and Castillo (11.5).

UIS, led by first-year head coach Matt Brock, is tied for 10th place in the GLVC standings with Quincy and Lewis and is one game out of the eighth and final spot for the GLVC tournament, which the Stars last appeared in 2016.

This article appeared in The State Journal-Register on February 4, 2020.

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