Kovarik Earns Scholar-Athlete Award

Nick Kovarik
Nick Kovarik
Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Third-year St. Louis College of Pharmacy student Nick Kovarik, of Columbia, Ill., was named a Daktronics-NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete on Mar. 17. Kovarik is only the fourth men’s basketball player in St. Louis College of Pharmacy history to receive the award. To be eligible for nomination, an outstanding varsity athlete must maintain a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average as a junior or above.

Kovarik helped the Eutectic men’s basketball team to a 9-15 record for the 2013-14 season as the team’s starting point guard. He averaged 2.51 assists, 4.25 rebounds, and 4.29 points per game.

STLCOP Men Crush Red Lions 

Gozie Uzendu at the free throw line.
Gozie Uzendu leads the NAIA
in Free Throw Percentage.
Photo by 31Four.

The Eutectic men’s basketball team notched a second win over the Lincoln Christian University Red Lions on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Pillbox, 83-68. The two teams exchanged leads to start the game a handful of times before the Eutectics pulled ahead 39-31 at the half. By shooting close to 50 percent, the Eutectics frustrated the Red Lions, who responded by increasing defensive pressure. But, the strategy would rack up fouls for the Red Lions, putting the Eutectics at the free throw line 25 times during the game, which they converted into 22 points.

Third-year forward Gozie Uzendu went 8-for-8 at the line, improving his free throw percentage to 92.5 percent and earning him the top free throw percentage in NAIA Division II (62-for-67 on the season). Uzendu had 18 points and nine rebounds in the game along with five blocks and two steals. Third-year guard Clayton Earhart went 6-for-9 from three-point land, racking up 23 points for the Eutectics. Fifth-year guard Shawn Menckowksi also had 23 points along with seven assists. Menckowski and Earhart currently lead the conference in three-point field goals per game at 2.95 and 2.73, respectively. Third-year center Dan Hemann, who had nine points and nine rebounds in the game, also tops the KIAC in offensive rebounds per game at 3.41.

The Eutectics are now 9-13 with two games left on the season. On Thursday, Feb. 20, they host KIAC newcomer Indiana University-Kokomo before playing the final game ever to be played in the Pillbox on Saturday, Feb. 22 versus Indiana University-Southeast at 4 p.m.


Eutectics Roll Over Preachers

Clayton Earhart inbounds the ball.
Clayton Earhart inbounds the
ball against the Preachers.

The Eutectics recorded a second win over the Concordia Seminary Preachers on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Pillbox. The Euts defeated the Preachers on their home court in December by 26 points and Tuesday’s game was much the same as the Euts won 83-40. The score may have been closer had it not been for a shoulder injury to Preachers starter Casey Kegley in the first half. But the Euts’ victory was imminent early on as the teams headed to the locker rooms with St. Louis College of Pharmacy up 39-17 at halftime.

Third-year guard Clayton Earhart led the Eutectic team in points, going eight-for-13 from the field, including five three-pointers, for 22 points. Third-year center Gozie Uzendu collected his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, along with eight steals and six assists. Third-year center Dan Hemann picked up his fourth double-double, with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Euts.

Uzendu is currently ranked second in the NAIA for free throw percentage at 91.2 percent. He leads the KIAC in that category. Fifth-year guard Shawn Menckowski leads the conference in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 3.13, and ranks 12th in the nation.

The Eutectics are now 7-10 for the season. On Sunday, Feb. 2, they will travel to Midway, Ky., to play Point Park University in a neutral site conference game at 1 p.m.

Euts Defeat Concordia to Finish 2013 at 6-5

Gozie Uzendu
Eutectic Forward Gozie Uzendu

The Eutectics decisively defeated the Concordia Seminary Preachers on their home court, 92-66, to cap off the first half of the 2013-14 season. The 20-year rivalry between the Eutectics and the Preachers has seen the Preachers win the first game for the past three years. This victory put an end to that trend and set the Eutectics up to win both games of the series, which hasn’t happened since 2008-09. Fifth-year guard Shawn Menckowski led the Euts in the game with 33 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. The STLCOP team will host Concordia in the Pillbox on Jan. 28.

The STLCOP men’s team is now 6-5 for the season. The Eutectics claimed victories over Logan University, Principia College, Lincoln Christian University, St. Louis Christian College, and Boyce College. In losses to Greenville College, Morthland College, Crowley’s Ridge College, Benedictine-Springfield, and Robert Morris-Springfield, the Euts averaged just 8.5 points down.

In the first game of his last season of eligibility, Menckowski joined STLCOP's "1,000 Point Club" on Friday, Nov. 1, at the STLCOP men's basketball "Tip-Off Classic" in the Pillbox. He became the 11th STLCOP player to join the "club" and the first one to do so since 2009. Menckowski has racked up 256 points so far this season averaging 23.27 points per game. He currently leads the KIAC in 3-point field goals made (36) and 3-point field goals made per game (3.27). 

Two other Eutectics lead the conference in different statistical categories. Third-year forward Gozie Uzendu has the best free throw percentage in the KIAC at 93% (40 for 43). Third-year center Dan Hemann is ranked number-one in the KIAC for offensive rebounds per game at 3.36.

After enjoying time off for semester break, the Eutectics will be begin the second half of the season when they begin conference play on Jan. 17 against Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.

Eutectics Split at STLCOP Tip-Off Classic;
Menckowski Scores 1,000 Points

Shawn Menckowski lines up a free throw.

The Eutectics opened their season in the Pillbox on Friday, Nov. 1, at the STLCOP Tip-Off Classic. Following a 6 p.m. match up between Morthland College and Boyce College, the Euts took to the floor at 8 p.m. against the Robert Morris College-Springfield Eagles. After holding the lead for most of the first half, STLCOP went to the locker rooms at halftime tied at 41 with the Eagles. With two minutes left in the game, the Eagles surged forward, clinching the game 84-77.

After his third point of the night, fifth-year guard Shawn Menckowski marked a milestone in his career with his 1,000th point as a Eutectic. He became the 11th member of STLCOP’s “1,000 Point Club,” and the first Eutectic to do so since 2009. Menckowski would finish the game with 23 points for a Eutectic high. Third-year forward Gozie Uzendu added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Euts and third-year center Dan Hemann posted 11 points and nine rebounds. Third-year guard Nick Kovarik had nine points and five assists.

On Saturday, after a one-point win for Robert Morris over Morthland, the Eutectics stepped onto the court to face off against Boyce. This time, the Eutectics took the lead immediately and never let go, claiming their first victory of the season - an 84-70 win over the Bulldogs. Menckowski again led the Eutectics in scoring with 25 points and collected seven rebounds. Hemann notched his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists. Uzendu had 21 points for the Euts, while Earhart had 17 points and nine rebounds for STLCOP.

Now 1-1, the Eutectics will play their first away game on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Louis Christian College.  

Eutectics Close 2012-13 Season

Jimmy Gherna makes a move


Senior Jimmy Gherna dribbles around a Logan
Chiropractic defender at the homecoming game on
Friday. Photo by Lindsy Benedict





The Eutectic men's basketball team played it's final game of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Paragould, Ark., against the Crowley's Ridge College Pioneers. In the second game of a home-and-home series, the Eutectics were unable to avenge the one-point loss from the Pioneers in November, losing 80-58. Shooting only 26.5 percent in the first half, the Euts faced a 15-point deficit at half time, 37-22. While they managed to improve their shooting to 36 percent in the second half, it wasn't enough. Fourth-year guard Shawn Menckowski had 17 points, while second-year guard Clayton Earhart had 14. Second-year forward Gozie Uzendu pulled down 11 rebounds, and just missed breaking the STLCOP record for double doubles with nine points.

On Friday, Feb. 15, the Eutectics hosted the Logan Chiropractic College Llamas for the STLCOP homecoming game. In their final home game in a STLCOP uniform, the three senior players on the team, Jimmy Gherna, Alish Kuply, and Luke O'Brien, were honored in front of the huge STLCOP crowd. Despite the crowd support, the game did not go as the Eutectic team had hoped. The Eutectic offense was sluggish, shooting 24 percent in the first half. They went into the locker room down 34-23. In the second half, the Euts matched the Llamas point for point, but could never make up the first half deficit, enduring a 70-59 loss. Menckowski collected 25 points and eight rebounds for the Euts, while Earhart had 18 points.

The Eutectic men's team finished the season with a 7-18 record and in ninth place in the KIAC. Menckowski and Uzendu have each earned three top-50 rankings in the entire NAIA in several statistical categories. Menckowski is currently 24th, 27th and 42nd for 3-point field goals per game (2.60), points per game (18.28), and three-point field goals (65). Uzendu ranks 25th for defensive rebounds per game (5.92), 32nd for total rebounds per game (8.28), and 49th for blocks per game (1.120). At the conference level, Menckowski leads the conference for three-point field goals per game. Between Menckowski, Uzendu, and second-year center Dan Hemann, the Eutectics account for 18 top ten rankings in 24 individual statistical categories.


Eutectics Lose Conference Game by Four

The Eutectic men's basketball team immediately took charge of the game against the Brescia University Bearcats on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Pillbox. But, despite leading the Bearcats the entire first half, the Euts were unable to hang on to that lead in the end, losing 80-76. Second-year guard Shawn Menckowski dropped in four three-pointers and racked up 18 points to get things started in the first half along with second-year guard Clayton Earhart, who put in 14 points of his own. Thanks to six three-pointers of their own, the Bearcats managed to tie the score at 41 in the final minute of the first half.

In the second half, it was the Bearcats who scored several points before the Euts could get the ball in the basket. The Euts spent the rest of the game playing catch-up, but were
never able to make up the difference. Menckowski put in another 15 points in the second half to total 33 points in the game. Earhart added 24 points overall to the Eutectic total. In the end, the Eutectics played well as team, shooting 53 percent from the field, including 12 three-pointers, and making 12-of-14 free throws to come within four points of Brescia. It was the closest the Eutectics have come to a win against a tough group of KIAC teams this season.

The STLCOP men's basketball team is now 7-16 with two games left in the 2012-13 season. This Friday, Feb. 15, the Euts will host the Logan Chiropractic College Llamas in their homecoming game at 8 p.m. before heading to Crowley's Ridge College (Paragould, Ark.) on Saturday, Feb. 16 for their final game.


Euts Lose Two Games on the Road

Shawn Menckowski


Shawn Menckowski led the
team in points in Indiana.





The Eutectic men's basketball team lost two games on the road over the weekend in Indiana. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Euts took on conference leader Indiana University Southeast on their home court, losing 79-51. Second-year guard Shawn Menckowski led the Eutectic team with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Second-year center Dan Hemann put in 14 points
and pulled down eight rebounds, while blocking three Grenadier shots.

The Eutectics met the Oakland City University Mighty Oaks at their home gym on Sunday, Feb. 10. Shooting 48 percent in the first half, the Eutectics were down by one point at half time, 30-29. The Euts could not continue the shooting streak in the second half, however, making only 6-of-29 attempts while the Mighty Oaks made 11-of-29. The Oaks outrebounded the Euts 52 to 30 in the game and STLCOP's 19 fouls allowed OCU to score 16 points from the free throw line. In the end, the Eutectics lost 67-44. Menckowski was again the high scorer with 14 points. Second-year forward Gozie Uzendu had 13 points and seven rebounds and Hemann blocked five OCU shots while turning in 10 points and six rebounds for the Euts.

The Eutectic team is now 7-15 with three games left in the regular season schedule. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Euts will play their final conference game of the season when they host the Brescia University Bearcats in the Pillbox at 8 p.m.


STLCOP Takes Tough Loss to LCU in the Pillbox

Dan Hemann
Dan Hemann (with the ball) had 10 points
for the Eutectics against LCU on Thursday.

The Eutectics' hopes for another win over Lincoln Christian University this season were dashed when the LCU Red Lions took control in the second half of a game on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Pillbox. The score was close at the half with the Red Lions up 32-27, But LCU shooting guard Brady Cremeens returned from half time with his batteries fully charged, draining eight of nine three-pointers, and completely swinging the momentum over to the Red Lions. Cremeens finished the game with 37 points and the Red Lions won 84-74.

Second-year Eutectic guard Clayton Earhart had five three-pointers among his 23 points. Fourth-year guard Shawn Menckowski put in 18 points for the Euts and second-year forward Gozie Uzendu racked up his eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds to tie the STLCOP record for double-doubles in a season.

The Eutectics are now 7-13 for the season with five games left in regular season play. This weekend, the STLCOP basketball team will travel to Indiana to play a conference game against Indiana University Southeast on Saturday, Feb. 9, then take on Oakland City University on Sunday, Feb. 10.


Eutectics Conquer Concordia Preachers

Clayton Earhart


Clayton Earhart had 16 points
against the Preachers.
Photo by Lindsy Benedict





The Eutectic men's basketball avenged last November's one-point loss to the Concordia Seminary Preachers by defeating the Preachers 72-64 in the Pillbox on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The Eutectics came out hot, draining eight of 11 three-pointers in the first half. Second-year guard Clayton Earhart went four-for-four from three-point land, while second-year center Gozie Uzendu, who finished the half with 17 points, was three-for-four from being the arc. The Euts established a comfortable 15 point lead early on, but the Preachers slowly crept back in to the game. At halftime, the Euts were up 36-28.

In the second half, the Preachers picked up the pace, making more shots and coming within two points of the Euts. The STLCOP squad felt the Preachers nip at their heels, but never lost the lead, pulling down 24 rebounds and enduring 12 fouls from the Preachers' in the second half. Fourteen of the Eutectic's second-half points were from free throws - eight from fourth-year guard Shawn Menckowski, who was at the line 11 times.

Uzendu was the high scorer from the Euts, racking up 22 points and eight rebounds. Menckowski chipped in 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Earhart had 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Eutectics will host the Lincoln Christian University Red Lions on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Pillbox.


Euts Fall to Crowley's Ridge  

The Eutectic men's basketball team lost to the Crowley's Ridge College Pioneers 84-67 in the Pillbox on Tuesday, Jan. 29. After suffering a one point loss, 50-49, to the Pioneers at the Lindenwood-Belleville Classic on Nov. 3, the Euts were disappointed they were unable to exact the revenge they wanted on home turf. Down 40-32 at the half, the Eutectics had trouble handling the intense pressure of the Pioneer defense and despite shooting a respectable 47 percent, were never able to come within five points of the Pioneers.

Second-year forward Gozie Uzendu was the high scorer for the Eutectics with 17 points, going 5-for-5 from the three-point line. Second-year center Dan Hemann had 14 points and fourth-year guard Shawn Menckowski had 11.

The Eutectics are now 6-10 for the season. This weekend, they play conference members Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind., and Cincinnati Christian University on the road.


Eagles Defeat Eutectics

Gozie Uzendu

Gozie Uzendu picked up his fifth double-double
of the season Saturday against Asbury.

The Asbury University Eagles' defense shut down the Eutectic offense on Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Pillbox, scoring a decisive win. In keeping the Euts to seven points in the first half, the Eagles dominated the court, scoring 41 points. In the second half, the Eutectics picked up the pace a bit, putting in 22 points, but the Eagles continued their stellar defense, collecting 13 steals, and racked up another 49 points. In the end, the Eagles picked up a 90-29 win over the Euts.

Second-year forward Gozie Uzendu still managed to earn his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Eutectics are now 6-8 for the season and 0-4 in the KIAC. Tuesday, Jan. 29 the Euts will try for another tick in the "W" column when they host Crowley's Ridge College in the
Pillbox at 7 p.m.


STLCOP Beats Principia in Overtime

The Eutectic men's basketball team came home with a win after a trip to Elsah, Ill., to complete the "home and home" series against Principia College on Tuesday, Jan. 23. In November, the Euts hosted a close game against Principia in the Pillbox, turning in a 71-68 win. Tuesday's match-up against Principia was even tighter. Tied at 67 after regulation, the Euts scored one more than Principia in overtime, clinching a 76-75 win. Fourth-year guard Shawn Menckowski shot the lights out with 28 points, including four three-pointers, and pulled down six rebounds. Third-year Jimmy Gherna had 14 points and three assists, while second-year Clayton Earhart pulled down 11 rebounds while contributing nine points and four rebounds for the Euts. In addition to his 13 points and four assists, second-year Gozie Uzendu
helped on the defensive end with five blocks, four steals, and four rebounds.

The Eutectics are now 6-8 for the season. They play their first home game of 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 26, hosting KIAC member Asbury College at 3 p.m.

Shawn Holds Ball

Shawn Menckowski totaled 26
points for the Euts this weekend.


Eutectics Lose Two Conference Games

The Eutectic men's basketball team traveled to Berea, Ky., over the weekend to play two more conference games before second semester classes began on Tuesday. Friday, Jan. 18, the Euts faced the Alice Lloyd College Eagles in the Berea gym. Behind by 10 at the half, the Euts could never catch the Eagles, who won 71-43. Fourth-year guard Shawn Menckowski had 12 points and six rebounds, while second-year guard Clayton Earhart had seven points and eight rebounds for the Euts.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, against the Berea College Mountaineers, the fate of the Eutectics was much the same. Down 48-35 at the half, the Euts struggled to a 91-52 loss against the Mountaineers. Menckowski had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Euts. Second-year forward Gozie Uzendu matched Menckowski's 14 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Earhart had 13 points. Second-year center Dan Hemann had seven rebounds.

The Eutectics are now 5-8 for the season and 0-3 in the KIAC. They take a break from conference competition tonight when they travel across the Mississippi River to Elsah, Ill., to play Principia College at 8 p.m.


Eutectics Split Games on the Road

After a month off for semester break, the Eutectic men's basketball team returned to campus last week to prepare for the second half of the season. Several roadtrips were on the schedule before classes begin on Jan. 22. First up was a trip to Kentucky for a neutral site game on Sunday, Jan. 13, against conference newcomer Point Park University from Pittsburgh, Penn. While the Euts played well, scoring 37 points and shooting 47 percent in the first half, it didn't make a dent in the score against the Pioneers, whose 70 percent shooting helped them rack up 68 points. Despite defensive pressure by the Eutectic squad throughout the game, the Pioneers continued to sink basket after basket, totaling 128 points to STLCOP's 68 at the final buzzer. STLCOP's Shawn Menckowski had 21 points and four rebounds, while Clayton Earhart put in 15 points for the Euts.

Two days later, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the STLCOP team was in Louisville, Ky., to return a game against Boyce College. The Euts sought payback for a loss to the Boyce Bulldogs in the Pillbox on Dec... 1. Down 32-28 at the half, the Eutectics never gave up. With 30 seconds left in the game, Eutectic center Gozie Uzendu rebounded his own missed shot and sunk it to gain a one point lead for the Eutectics. None of the Bulldogs' following shot attempts went in, and when Menckowski finally came down with a rebound, he was immediately fouled and went to the line. By making both free throws in the final seconds of the game, Menckowski secured the game for the Eutectics, who brought home a 65-62 win. Uzendu led the Eutectics, scoring 21 points and collecting eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Menckowski had 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Eutectic team is now 5-6 for the season with 14 games left in regular season play. Next up, the Euts head to Berea, Ky., to play two more conference games. They take on Alice Lloyd College (Pippa Passes, Ky.) on Friday, Jan. 18, and Berea College on Saturday, Jan. 19.


Players Return to Campus

Shawn shoots a free throw

Shawn Menckowski leads
the KIAC in three-point
field goals per game.

After more than a month off from competition for finals and semester break, the Eutectic men's basketball team should return refreshed today, Wednesday, Jan. 9, to begin practicing for the second half of the season. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Euts will play their first conference game of the season against KIAC newcomer Point Park University of Pittsburgh at Midway College as the neutral site. The Euts then follow that up with a stop in Louisville, Ky., to play Boyce College on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The STLCOP team is 4-5 with 16 games left in regular season play. While the Euts are not yet ranked in the conference, last year's all-conference player Shawn Menckowski leads the KIAC in three point field goals made per game with three per game. The fourth-year guard for the Eutectics also ranks second in the conference in
scoring, averaging 19.56 points per game.

Menckowski is joined by teammates Gozie Uzendu and Dan Hemann in the top-ten statistical lists. Uzendu, a second-year center, is ranked second in the conference in rebounds per game (9.44), third in blocks per game (1.22), and fourth in double-doubles (4). Hemann, also a center, is ranked for rebounds, as well.

The Eutectics will take care of some traveling for conference games before classes begin on Jan. 22. The first home game in the Pillbox will be Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. following the women's game at 1 p.m.


STLCOP's Gozie Uzendu Makes the News

Gozie talks to Channel 5 news

Second-year center Gozie Uzendu was featured in a sports story on St. Louis' KSDK NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday, Dec... 4. Uzendu was interviewed by channel 5 sports reporter Rene Knott in the Pillbox about his success on the basketball court and in the pharmacy classroom. Uzendu's statistics (14 points and nine rebounds per game) caught Knott's interest to develop the human interest story which aired on the 5 o'clock news. You can watch the video of the interview, including Uzendu shooting (and dunking) in the Pillbox, at http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=350573.


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