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Men’s Basketball: Prairie State snaps Waubonsee’s five-game winning streak

It looked like the game was starting to slip away when Prairie State pulled out the “not tonight” stamp.

Down 31-21 at the half, Waubonsee Community College outscored Prairie State 13-4 in the first five minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to one at 35-34.

The game was there for the taking and the Pioneers did exactly that.

Guard Corey Rucker started a crucial 9-0 Prairie State run by knocked down a three-point shot from the top of the arc and the Pioneers never looked back in a 58-47 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference victory.

Rucker closed with 15 points for the Pioneers (10-17, 6-5).

“That was a good response,” Prairie State coach Mike Manderino said. “Other times this year when teams have gotten on a run we’ve kind of collapsed, given in to that. Tonight, we stood up.”

While Rucker at 5-of-9 from three was on fire outside, the Chiefs (13-13, 6-5) had all sorts of problems handling 6-5 Joe Hughes (17 points, 17 rebounds) and 6-3 Adrian Jeffries (16 points) inside.

The two took turns shredding Waubonsee’s zone defense.

“He’s has been in and out of the lineup,” Manderino said of Jeffries. “He had a heart condition and he’s coming back now. He gives us a little bit of size and a little bit of scoring.”

The defeat ended a five-game winning streak for the Chiefs, who shot just 38 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times.

“That wasn’t the same team we’ve seen the last five games,” WCC coach David Heiss said. “We didn’t execute our game play. We said that whenever the ball went in to 23 (Hughes), we were going to double and triple down and he got off 19 shots. Obviously, we didn’t execute.”

Josh Lynn did come up big for the Chiefs. He scored a game-high 20 points with slick moves along the baseline. Lynn also pulled down eight rebounds. Tim Townes was the only other player in double figures for the Chiefs. He scored 12 points.



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