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Men's Basketball - Thu, Jan. 12, 2017
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - A bizarre night ended with 59 foul calls that included a player technical foul, three players foul out, seven players reach four fouls each, and a combined 78 free throws shot by both teams. The long two hour and twenty-minute game was one for the books as Judson defeated Roosevelt University 90-85 for the Eagles' second straight win in conference. An important game that may have been overshadowed by the numerous foul calls actually moves Judson a game back from Roosevelt who is ahead of the Eagles in the CCAC standings.


Judson now improves to 3-7 overall in conference and 6-11 overall on the season. Surprisingly enough, no records were broken Wednesday night despite the in-game action. Your eyes are not play tricks on you when you look at the stat lines as the teams committed 59 combined fouls sending both teams to the line a combined 78 times. Judson was on the winning end going 30-for-38 from the free-throw line as Roosevelt had more chances but different outcome shooting 65 percent going 26-for-40 from the charity stripe. The NAIA records, from what was gathered, recorded 112 free-throw attempts as the highest by any team and 51 made free-throws by any team in a single game.


Adversity presented itself and the Eagles were still able to overcome it as Justin Allen (SR/Hampshire, IL) and Kevin Sexton (SR/Arlington Heights, IL) posted their second straight 20 plus point game. Allen helped energize Judson throughout the game playing just under 40 minutes and totaling 24 points shooting 8-for-16 from the field. Sexton finished with 20 points on the night and connected with Allen numerous times to keep Judson close in the first half. 


The Eagles would go to trail most of the first half but a late boost with three minutes left in the half put Judson up 36-33. Numerous Eagles would contribute with many players in foul trouble as Will Woodhouse (SR/Elgin, IL), Eddie Goldston (JR/Naperville, IL), Luke Rose (SR/Bloomington, IL), Taylor Boley (JR/Elgin, IL), and Elijah Lares (JR/Merrillville, IN) all helped Judson through the momentous shift late in the first half. 


The foul calls continued into the second half as both teams reached the double bonus with six minutes remaining. Judson was able to use this as an advantage going on an 18-3 run punctuated by a now trademark Illya Galloway (SR/Lansing, IL) monterous dunk. Galloway would finish with 15 points on the night and two dunks that would rattle the rafters and boost the Eagles late in the half. The Lakers would only make two close attempts early and late in the second half coming within three points at the 14 minute mark and with four seconds left in the game. 


With a few starters fouled out on the Eagles' side, the Lakers used the fouls with hopes that Judson would miss. The strategy almost worked as the Eagles would split a few attempts and Roosevelt would go on to hit three, 3-pt shots with an added lay-up to come within three points. But the marathon would eventually come to an end as Lares would sink the last two free-throws with .7 seconds left for the 90-85 win.


Judson looks to carry the momentum into Saturday as the Eagles travel to Governors State University for continued CCAC action. Tip-off is set for 3:00pm (CT).