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Men's Basketball - Wed, Oct. 26, 2016
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - Head coach Brian Thrift took to the court in his first game at the helm of the men's basketball team and led the Eagles to a thrilling final second win over Indiana University-Northwest Tuesday night. Judson edged out the Redhawks by a score of 92-91 on a last second defensive stop that gave Judson their first win of the season and head coach Brian Thrift's first collegiate win as a head coach.


Judson, now 1-0 overall, handed IU-Northwest their first loss of the season holding on to a slim lead after the first half. The Redhawks would go to outscore the Eagles in the second half, but a composed Judson squad dug in on the defensive end and maintained the momentum swings and scoring runs from IUNW.


Andrew Eck (SR/Belvidere, IL) enters into his last year as an Eagle and opened the season in spectacular fashion. Eck led Judson with 21 points going 6-for-6 from the field and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe. The senior showed his composure in the final minutes with a lay-up and a foul that put the Eagles up four with five minutes left, a lay-up to go ahead 90-89 in the final two minutes, and the game winning assist to Will Woodhouse (SR/Elgin, IL) in the final minute. Woodhouse did not shy away from the spot light as well totaling 19 points behind Eck shooting 4-for-7 from behind the arc. The sharp shooter helped the Eagles maintain the late lead in the second half and provided the game winning bucket in the final minute. Overall Woodhouse led the Eagles and helped them to shoot 10-for-17 from behind 3-point range for a 58.8 shooting percentage. Judson shot an impressive 57.4 percent from the field and out rebounded the Redhawks by a margin of 36-29. 


The rebounding became an important factor late in the game as IU-Northwest's strategy of fouling did not pay off as Judson gathered in two rebounds after missed free throws. Illya Galloway (SR/Lansing, IL) led the team with nine total rebounds followed by Eck who gathered in seven. Galloway also added 16 points and shot an impressive 8-for-10 from the field. Justin Allen (SR/Hampshire, IL) and transfer Kevin Sexton (SR/Arlington Heights, IL) made a big impact in the front court combining for 26 points and going 10-for-24 from the field.


This senior heavy team showed their experience and poise late in the game and it went down to the final six seconds as IU-Northwest had a chance to win. The Redhawks showed a strong perimeter shot going 9-for-18 in the second half, and it was a 3-point shot that was lofted under pressure for the last shot of the game. The Judson defense buckled down and got the stop to a roaring crowd and happy head coach who just picked up his first collegiate win.


It may be early in the season, but a veteran team and new head coach are looking to make headlines in 2016-2017. The Eagles will be back in action November 4th, as they travel to Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa for a non-conference game starting at 7:00pm.