Friday, December 10, 2010

Lewis Men's Basketball vs. St. Francis (Ill.) Game Notes

Romeoville, Ill. - The Lewis University men's basketball team welcomes a familiar foe on Saturday (Dec. 11) night, as the Flyers (5-5) square off with local rival St. Francis (Ill.) (7-3) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Neil Carey 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 and audio streaming can be found on The game can also be found on WLRA (88.1 FM) with Dan Long and Marc Denson on the call.

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 73-53 (.579). In 13 seasons of coaching, Trost owns a mark of 226-139 (.619). St. Francis head coach John Baines is in his first season as the Fighting Saints skipper.

All-Time Series: Lewis holds a 27-8 advantage over the Fighting Saints in their all-time series.

Last Time We Met: Lewis scored the game's first 29 points and never looked back, as the visiting Flyers cruised to the 68-39 non-conference victory over St. Francis (Ill.) on November 28, 2009.

Last Time Out: Junior post players Jerome Robinson (18 points) and Marty Strus (13 points) combined for 31 points on 14-for-15 shooting to push the host Flyers to the 88-77 win over IU-Northwest on Tuesday (Dec. 7) night. Lewis senior guard Dennis Thomas, Jr. led all scorers with 23 points.

Perfect Performance: Robinson was a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor against IU-Northwest on Tuesday (Dec. 7) night. 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 75.5% (40-for-53) 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 25 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 four more victories to reach the program's 1,000th all-time win.

Owning The Glass: Lewis has held each of its last three opponents, IU-Northwest (20), UMSL (20) and Maryville (19) to 20 or fewer rebounds. The Flyers currently lead the GLVC in rebounding defense, allowing opponents a meager 26.8 rebounds-per-game.

Owning The Glass (Part Deux): 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: Junior guard Chris McClellan currently sits as Lewis' all-time leader in free throw percentage, knocking down 90.8% (128-for-141) of his attempts. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native has converted his last 28 attempts.

Been Down This Road: Baines and Trost have shared common stops during their basketball careers. Baines played at Illinois Wesleyan from 1995-98, while Trost was the head coach there from 2001-06. Baines spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Elmhurst, where Trost was the head coach of the Blue Jays from 1992-96.

Under Pressure: Lewis is shooting 52.5% (31-for-59) 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 298 straight games. The Flyers currently lead the GLVC with 69 three-pointers made this season.

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