No. 16 Benedictine Captures Third Straight NACC Title

Benedictine University Men's Basketball Team
Benedictine University Men's Basketball Team

Courtesy of Benedictine University

RIVER FOREST, Illinois -- The 16th-ranked Benedictine University men's basketball team wrapped up a third consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championship with a 106-84 win over Concordia University Chicago on the road Wednesday night, the team's eighth in a row.

FINAL SCORE
#16 Benedictine 106, Concordia Chicago 84

THE DETAILS
• Baskets from Adam Reynolds and Matt Chaltin set the tone in the first minute of the game
• Reynolds pushed the lead to 7-2 just two minutes into the game
• Concordia Chicago fought within three but an 8-0 run extended the margin to double figures with 13:13 to go in the opening half
• Reynolds opened the run with a layup and Brayden Olson capped it with a layup
• The hosts pulled within single digits before a 10-3 run stretched out the advantage to 36-20 following a Kenny Bogus three-pointer
• Michael Blaszczyk finished a three-point play with 6:18 remaining to give Benedictine the largest lead of the half at 39-22
• Benedictine went into the locker room with a 51-39 edge after shooting 52.9 percent
• Concordia Chicago went on a run early in the second half, scoring the first six points to cut the deficit in half
• Benedictine could not gain separation from the hosts through the first eight minutes of the second before Reynolds took over, scoring on four straight possessions
• Olson ignited an 8-0 run with a three-pointer to make the score 77-61
• Benedictine slowly pulled away in the second, hitting the century mark and opening a 28-point advantage on a three from Blaszczyk with 3:27 left
• Benedictine led the entire contest and surpassed 100 points for the third time in the last four games

STAT LEADERS
• Benedictine knocked down 12 three-pointers, the sixth consecutive game with 10 or more
• Benedictine finished the game shooting 53.4 percent, the third time in four games above 50 percent
• Benedictine held a 53-33 advantage on the glass and dished out 27 assists on 39 field goals, a fourth consecutive contest with 20+ assists
• Reynolds notched a career-high 29 points, reeling in 13 rebounds
• Reynolds scored 16 in the second half
• Olson added 21 points with Blaszczyk adding 20 to go with 11 boards
• Bogus tallied a career-best 11 while Harvey collected 13

UP NEXT
Benedictine (19-4, 17-1) travels to Edgewood on Saturday afternoon for the final road game of the regular season