Webster Ends Eureka Home Win Streak, 88-77

Photo courtesy of Michael Hammerstrand.
Photo courtesy of Michael Hammerstrand.

EUREKA, Ill. – Eureka College sophomore guard Shea Feehan (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.) made seven free throws to break EC's single-season record for most foul shots, but Webster turned a one-point halftime advantage into an 88-77 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over the Red Devils, Wednesday night at Christine Bonati Bollwinkle Arena. The defeat ended Eureka's 10-game home win streak.

Feehan made his 153rd free throw of the season in the final minute of Wednesday's contest, breaking Craig Negangard's NCAA Division III era (1978-present) record of 152 set during the 2003-04 campaign. Feehan ended the contest with 154 makes this season and now has 229 career free throws, moving ahead of Michael Sain (1979-83) for eighth place on Eureka's career list during the Division III era.

Webster led 7-0 before two minutes were gone Wednesday. The Red Devils punched back with a 12-5 burst, tying the game 12-12 on Feehan's triple with 11:39 left before halftime. Eureka grabbed its first lead moments later when junior Kendall Davis (Peoria, Ill./Limestone H.S./Illinois Central) scored in the paint for a 14-12 advantage.

Eureka ultimately led by as many as five (27-22) after another 3 from Feehan, but the Gorloks carried a 30-29 advantage into the locker room after Jonathan Odjo connected from just inside the half-court line as the horn sounded for halftime.

The visitors led for the duration of the second half. Eureka used an 11-6 stretch to slice a 12-point deficit back to seven, 54-47, but the Gorloks scored on the ensuing trip and slowly extended their lead. Davis's 3-pointer pulled EC within single digits (79-70) with 68 seconds left, but the Gorloks made nine of their last 10 free throws from that point forward to keep the game out of Eureka's reach.

Feehan led all scorers with 31 points. He made eight 3-pointers, one shy of his career best. Davis contributed a double-double with 29 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

All five WU starters scored at least 10 points, led by a team-high 22 from C.J. Moore. WU went 22-for-26 from the foul line and shot 59 percent from beyond the arc.

Eureka will return to the road Saturday for a 3 p.m. SLIAC matchup with Fontbonne in St. Louis, Mo.