Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lewis Men's Basketball At Olivet Nazarene Game Notes

Romeoville, Ill. - With final exams safely behind them, the Lewis University men's basketball team has another test on Saturday (Dec. 18) afternoon, as the Flyers (6-5) square off with NAIA power Olivet Nazarene (7-6) at 2 p.m. (CST) at ONU's McHie Arena.

Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on WJOL (1340 AM) with Mark Vasko providing the play-by-play analysis on the Lewis Sports Network. Live stats, video and audio streaming - provided by Olivet Nazarene - can be found on

Head Coaches: Lewis head men's basketball coach Scott Trost is in his fifth season at the helm of the Flyers and has a record of 74-53 (.583). In 13 seasons of coaching, Trost owns a mark of 227-139 (.620). Olivet Nazarene head coach Ralph Hodge is in his 33rd season as the Tigers' head coach and owns a career-record of 638-389 (.621).

All-Time Series: Lewis holds an 8-3 advantage over the Tigers in their all-time series.

Last Time We Met: Sophomore guard Chris McClellan scored Lewis' last six points, including the go-ahead score with 11 seconds left, to lift the Flyers to the 73-70 come-from-behind non-conference victory over Olivet Nazarene at Neil Carey Arena on December 10, 2009.

Last Time Out: Lewis senior guard Dennis Thomas, Jr., scored a game-high 19 points, while teammates Jerome Robinson, Marty Strus and McClellan each scored 10 in the Flyers' 82-61 win over local rival, St. Francis (IL) on Saturday (Dec. 11) night.

Taking Care Of The Rock: Lewis committed a mere three turnovers against St. Francis. That marked the fewest Flyer miscues in nearly seven years, as Lewis turned the ball over twice against Bellarmine on January 22, 2004.

Under Pressure: Lewis is shooting 55.4% (36-for-65) from the field and 85.4% (41-for-48) from the free throw line with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Three's Company: Since the 2000-01 campaign, Lewis has made at least one three pointer in 299 straight games. The Flyers currently lead the GLVC with 73 three-pointers made this season (as of December 13).

Perfect Performance: Robinson was a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor against IU-Northwest on December 7th. That was the first time that a Flyer made a minimum of eight shots without missing since Stephan Bolt knocked down all 11 of his attempts against Drury on March 9, 2008.

Marty Is Money: Strus is currently shooting 75.4% (43-for-57) from the field, which would be a single-season record breaking the current standard of 70.0% (243-for-347) set by Larry Tucker in 1981-82. Strus, however, needs to convert 50 total baskets in order to qualify.

Block Party: Strus needs 24 blocks this season to break the career-record of 140 set by Austin Real (2000-04). In each of his first two seasons, Strus has broken the single-season record for blocks with 54 in 2009-10 and 50 in 2008-09.

1,000 Victories: Lewis needs three more victories to reach the program's 1,000th all-time win.

Owning The Glass: Robinson's team-season high 15 rebounds against UMSL on December 4th, was the most boards by a Flyer player since Bolt grabbed 16 caroms against Saint Joseph's in the GLVC semifinals on March 8, 2008

Dead Eye: McClellan currently sits as Lewis' all-time leader in free throw percentage, knocking down 90.1% (128-for-142) of his attempts.

Elite Company: Thomas needs 16 more assists to become the third Flyer player in school-history to record 1,000 points, 300 assists, 100 three-pointers and 100 steals for their career. Brandon Dagans (2005-09) and Marc Boone (1994-98) were the only other Flyers to achieve this feat.

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