AMC Academic All-Conference

The Eutectic men’s basketball team boasts several student-athletes on the list of AMC Winter Academic All-Conference recipients recently announced. To be eligible for the award, student athletes must be in their second term of attendance at their institution and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Four Eutectic basketball players received the award:

Varun Chakravarthy
Alex Metzger
Evan Strake
Gozie Uzendu  



Seniors Honored at Homecoming

Hemann, Earhart, Uzendu
Seniors Hemann, Earhart, and Uzendu
after their final home game.
 Photo by Steven Pham. 

After the final buzzer of the last regular-season home game on Saturday, Feb. 28, the Eutectics’ three seniors, Clayton Earhart, Dan Hemann, and Gozie Uzendu were honored in front of a huge homecoming crowd at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. Earhart, Hemann, and Uzendu were presented with their Eutectic jerseys in a frame as a memento of their four years on the team. The trio started every game this season and accounted for more than half of the teams’ total points and rebounds.

The Euts hosted Williams Baptist College for the homecoming game, falling 65-48 to the Eagles. Hemann led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds. Uzendu had 10 points and seven rebounds and Earhart had 8 points and six rebounds, while second-year guard Kyle Jones dropped in 11 points. Ranked 12th in the AMC, the Eutectics traveled to Parkville, Mo., on Tuesday, Mar. 3, to take on fifth-ranked Park University in the first round of the conference tournament. The trip would prove to be the Eutectics’ final game of the season as they lost to the Pirates 76-51. Earhart went 6 for 11 from the field to rack up 15 points for the Eutectics, while Hemann had eight points and eight rebounds, and Uzendu put in nine points.

The lack of facilities and the move to the NAIA Division I American Midwest Conference this season was a huge challenge for the Eutectics, who finished the season with a 2-23 record (0-22 in the AMC). The Eutectics recorded their first-ever conference Player of the Week, however, when Uzendu earned the award in January. And, several Eutectics fought their way onto the top-ten conference rankings in several statistical categories. Uzendu led the conference in Defensive Rebounds per Game (6.17) and Total Rebounds per Game (8.71) and found himself ranked 13th and 14th in the nation in those categories. His 18 rebounds versus Harris-Stowe on February 5, topped the "Stellar Rebounds Game" conferenc list.  Uzendu also claimed rankings in the AMC’s top ten in six other categories. Earhart and Hemann also held rankings in the top ten – Earhart for three-pointers, and Hemann for rebounding. 

Euts Fall to Spartans

Dan Hemann
Dan Hemann had his second
double double of the year
against MoBap.
 Photo by Jonathan Street. 

Despite four players in double digits, the Eutectics could not overcome the Missouri Baptist Spartans on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Eutectic home gym, falling 78-53. Both teams struggled shooting in the first half, seemingly unable to find their groove. The Euts were six for 30 (20%) at the half to the Spartan’s 12 for 38 (31%), heading to the locker rooms at 33-18. With ten minutes left in the game, the Eutectics came within nine points of the Spartans, shooting an improved 32%. But, no sooner had the Euts made their move than the Spartans ramped it up, going 17 for 32, and pulling away from the Euts for good.

Fourth-year forward Gozie Uzendu had a double double in the second half alone, with 10 points and 10 boards. He would finish the game with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and four assists, claiming his sixth double double of the year. Fourth-year center Dan Hemann also picked up a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Second-year guard Kyle Jones had 12 points and fourth-year guard Clayton Earhart had 10 points for the Euts. The remaining STLCOP points were from Jonathan Tran (5) and Alex Metzger (4).

Now 2-18 (0-18 AMC), the Eutectics host the William Woods University Owls on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. for the second half of the home and home series. 

Jones and Uzendu Lead Euts in Two AMC Games

Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones averaged
17.5 ppg last week.
 Photo by Alyssa Brewer. 

The Eutectics returned games at Park University and Columbia College last week, coming home with two conference losses. Second-year guard Kyle Jones averaged 17.5 points per game for the week, while fourth-year forward Gozie Uzendu shot 58% from the field, averaging 16 ppg.

At Park, currently fifth in the AMC at 11-10 (10-7 AMC), Uzendu led the team with 23 points and seven rebounds as the Euts fell, 99-76, to the Pirates. Jones had 14 points during the game and fourth-year Clayton Earhart had 12 points for the Euts, and additional points were scored by Aaron Onkle (6), Evan Strake (6), Jonathan Tran (5), Dan Hemann (4), Alex Metzger (2). Justin Skeens (2), and Mahde Shawahin (2).

The Columbia Cougars, currently ranked eighth in the nation with a record of 22-4 (15-3 AMC), showed no mercy for the Eutectics, limiting Uzendu to nine points and one rebound in their 98-52 win over the Eutectics. Jones dropped in 21 points against the Cougars, going 6 for 7 from beyond the arc, and averaging 63% from the field. Earhart collected nine points for the Eutectics with Metzger (4), Skeens (3), Onkle (2), Strake (2), and Tran (2).

Uzendu continues to lead the conference in Defensive Rebounds per Game (6.47) and Total Rebounds per Game (9.12) and ranks 12th and 13th in the nation (NAIA Division I) in those statistical categories.

Now 2-17, (0-17 AMC), the Euts host Missouri Baptist University on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.

Clayton Earhart
Clayton Earhart joins the
STLCOP 1,000 Point Club.
 Photo by Alyssa Brewer. 

Earhart Joins 1,000 Point Club; Euts Fall to Hornets

In his fourth point of the game versus the Harris-Stowe Hornets, on Thursday, Feb. 5, fourth-year guard Clayton Earhart scored his 1,000th career point as a Eutectic. In doing so, Earhart, who now has 193 points this season, became the 13th Eutectic to join the STLCOP 1,000 Point Club since the athletic program joined the NAIA in 1993.  

Despite Earhart’s historic mark, the Euts suffered their second loss of the season to Harris-Stowe at the Hornets’ home gym, 69-78.  Fourth-year forward Gozie Uzendu and second-year guard Kyle Jones each had 21 points for the Eutectics during the game. Uzendu also pulled down an impressive 18 rebounds – the most rebounds in a game by any player in the AMC this season, earning his fifth double double of the season and moving into second on the STLCOP All-Time Rebounds list with a total of 723. Uzendu continues to lead the AMC in total rebounds per game and defensive rebounds per game, averaging 9.25 and 6.62.

Now 2-15 (0-15 in the AMC), the Eutectics will travel to Parkville, Mo., on Thursday, Feb. 12, for a return game against the Park University Pirates. 

Uzendu is AMC Player of the Week

Gozie Uzendu
Gozie Uzendu
 Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr. 

St. Louis, Mo. – St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s Gozie Uzendu was named American Midwest Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, becoming the first basketball player in STLCOP history to earn to a POW award in either the KIAC or AMC. Despite team losses to Lyon College and Freed-Hardeman, the Eutectic forward claimed this third and fourth double double of the season last week, improving the St. Louis College of Pharmacy career double double record, which he already held, to 28. 

Uzendu, a 6-4 senior from St. Louis, dropped in 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Lyon on Thursday, and followed that up with 12 points and 10 boards at Freed-Hardeman on Saturday. He averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds for the week, shooting 56 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point land.  

Uzendu currently leads the AMC in rebounds per game (9.00) and defensive rebounds per game (6.54). He ranks in the top five in the conference for double doubles (second), total rebounds (fifth), and offensive rebounds per game (fifth). In the first game of the 2014-15 season, Uzendu made his 1,000th career point, becoming the 12th Eutectic in STLCOP history to join the 1,000 Point Club.

The Eutectics will be back in action this Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Lindenwood University-Belleville at 7:30 p.m.

Eutectics Just Short of AMC Wins



Gozie Uzendu

Fourth-year forward Gozie Uzendu
leads the Euts in
double doubles.
Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

 

In back-to-back home games in mid-January, the Eutectic men's basketball team came the closest it has all season to taking down two conference teams. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Euts hosted Benedictine University-Springfield at the Missouri Baptist University gymnasium. The lead changed six times throughout the game, with the Euts down 43-40 at the half. With five minutes left in the game, the Bulldog lead had increased to 13 points. In the final two minutes of the game, three-pointers by Gozie Uzendu, Kyle Jones, and two by Clayton Earhart chipped away at the Bulldog lead to get the Eutectics to within eight points. But, time ran out before they could get any farther, and the Euts took a 70-62 loss. Earhart had 21 points in the game, while Jones put in 17 each with four three-pointers.

The following Thursday, Jan. 15, Hannibal-LaGrange University met the Eutectics at their home court at SLCC-Meramec for another conference match-up. The Euts took the lead from the beginning and held it, heading to the lockers rooms at the half up 27-22. In the second half, though, the Trojans improved their shooting percentage by nearly 10 percent, making 48 percent of their shots. The improvement resulted in an extra 11 points in the second half, positioning the Trojans for the win. At the final buzzer, the score was 55-51, Trojans. Uzendu earned his second double double of the season dropping in 20 points and pulling down 14 rebounds for the Euts. Earhart had 15 points in the game.

On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Euts took their second loss to Lyon College this season in Batesville, Ark. Uzendu notched his third double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Earhart put in 21 points for the Euts.

The Eutectics are now 2-11 for the season, 0-11 in the AMC. Next up, the Euts will return a game at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Eutectics Eek Out Win Over Preachers

Clayton Earhart
Fourth-year guard
Clayton Earhart led the Euts
at Concordia.
Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.
 

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy men's basketball team claimed a narrow victory over the Concordia Seminary Preachers on Tuesday night, 77-74, on the Preachers' home court. The win bumps the Eutectic record to 2-0 for the season.

The Euts shot 46% in the first half, sinking 14 of 30 shots from the field, including five of 12 three-pointers. Fourth-year Clayton Earhart sunk three of five three-point attempts, putting in 12 points total for the Euts. The Euts were ahead, 40-31, when they made their way to the locker rooms at half-time. The second half proved more of a challenge for the Eutectics as the Preachers seemed to step up their game. Concordia's Noah Kegley went on a shooting rampage, dropping in 25 points in the back half, allowing the Preachers to catch up. The Euts struggled to maintain the lead, shooting 40% from the field for the second half, including Earhart with another nine points. In the end, the Eutectics prevailed, claiming their second win of the season in as many games.

Earhart led the team with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Kyle Jones was STLCOP's second-leading scorer with 13. Three Eutectics narrowly missed double doubles for the game, with each pulling down nine rebounds: Gozie Uzendu (12 points), Dan Hemann (10 points), and Aaron Onkle (10 points). Others who scored for the Euts were Patrick White with six and Alex Metzger with five.

Conference play begins next week for the Eutectics as they host their first AMC team, the Lyon University Scots, on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.

Euts Win Home Opener; Uzendu Cracks 1000 Points

Dan Hemann
Dan Hemann takes a shot over the
St. Louis Christian College Soldiers
during the home opener.
Photo by Nick Jepsen.
 

Playing on their temporary home court at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, the Eutectics soundly defeated the St. Louis Christian College Soldiers, 78-19, in the season opener. Both teams played with a short bench – the Euts with three subs and the Soldiers with two, but the Euts made up for it by shooting 56 percent from the field, connecting on 35-of-62 from the floor, and stealing 17 times.

Fourth-year forward Gozie Uzendu racked up 13 points in the first half, revving the crowd with several slam dunks. With his first made basket, he scored his 1000th point as a Eutectic, marking a career milestone and becoming the twelfth member of the Eutectic 1,000-Point Club.

Up 32-11 at the half, second-year guard Kyle Jones dropped in four three-pointers in four attempts between the 16- and 11-minute mark of the second half. Without scoring in the first-half, Jones finished that game with 14 points and four steals for the Euts.

Uzendu led the team in scoring with 15 points and seven rebounds. Fourth-year center Dan Hemann narrowly missed a double double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Third-year newcomer Mahde Shawahin put in 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while fourth-year guard Clayton Earhart had 10 points and four rebounds for the Euts. All eight of the Eutectics scored. The remaining points came from second-year guard Alex Metzger (7), third-year forward Aaron Onkle (6), and third-year guard Varun Chakravarthy (2).

Now 1-0, the Euts have a week to prepare to take on the Concordia Preachers on their home court on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

 

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