Elgin, IL - The PNC men's basketball team was on the road Wednesday evening against conference opponent Judson University. The Panthers were unable to overcome a slow first half start, and eventually fell to the Judson Eagles, 85-63.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead. Guard Josh Edwards who scored a quick 8 points in the opening minutes led the run. The Panthers fought hard, however couldn't get the deficit any closer than nine points, 15-6, early in the first half.
"Judson came out fired up for this one. It was their senior night. They really pushed the ball up the court," Coach Schnatz said following the game.
Nick Neal, the junior guard from Detroit, MI, continues to produce for the Panthers. Despite heavy defensive attention from opponents on a nightly basis, Neal scored 24 points on 10-19 shooting Wednesday night. This is the junior point guard's 6th straight game scoring 20 plus points.
Coach Schnatz commented on Neal's performance, "Nick has been doing such a great job for us. He's been carrying a heavy load on both ends of the court. We ask a lot of him. We need him to score, and guard other teams bests guards. We're really proud of Nick!"
Matt Demler, the junior guard from Baroda, MI, also had a strong effort. Demler scored 15 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and had 2 steals.
The Panthers take on Cardinal Stritch University this Saturday, February 19, 2011. The game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. in Milwaukee, WI.