November 16, 2017

McNutt, Easery and Winters Turn In Strong Efforts, But South Suburban Prevails

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) kept his streak of scoring at least 20 points in every contest this season alive, but it was not enough to overcome a talented South Suburban squad Thursday night.

The Bulldogs downed the Pioneers 80-65 in South Holland.

The contest might have swung in PSC’s favor had head coach Mike Manderino’s club been able to find a way to contain South Suburban guard Jordan Matthews, who scorched the Pioneers for a game-high 48 points.

With the setback, Prairie State fell to 2-4 on the young season.

Despite the loss, PSC still witnessed several players turn in strong, hard-fought efforts.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt paced the Pioneers with a 20-point showing, despite shooting just 3-of-15 from the floor.  PSC’s leading scorer contributed the bulk of his damage at the free-throw line, depositing 14-of-15 attempts.

Not far behind McNutt was sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.).  The 6-foot-6 Winters was a force in the paint, tallying 17 points while pulling down eight rebounds.

Freshman forward Travis Easery (Thornwood H.S.) scored 11 points while hauling down 13 points and dishing out four assists for his first career double-double.

The Pioneers held several small leads throughout the opening half before eventually going into the intermission trailing 33-29.  The Bulldogs eventually outscored PSC 47-36 over the game’s final 20 minutes.

Oddly enough, despite somewhat lopsided score, PSC actually outrebounded the Bulldogs 47-38.

PSC will see action again next on Saturday when it travels to Glen Ellyn for a road date with DuPage (2 p.m.).


November 14, 2017

McNutt Leads Pack of Double-Digit Scorers as PSC Rolls Past Kishwaukee

Chris Winters vs DaleyCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.), as he has all year, once again set the pace as the Prairie State College men’s basketball team scored a resounding 83-72 victory Tuesday over NJCAA Region IV opponent Kishwaukee at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Pioneers bumped their record to 2-3 overall.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt has now scored no fewer than 22 points in each of PSC’s five contests this season.

In addition to his 25 tallies, McNutt also dished out a game-high eight assists.

Two Pioneers posted identical 13-point outings as freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) and freshman center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) each achieved the feat.

The 6-foot-6 Winters also ripped down a game-high nine rebounds.

Freshman forward Travis Easery (Thornwood H.S.) poured in 11 points while pulling down nine rebounds.

Shaddie Daifalah vs DaleyThings didn’t look good early for the Pioneers as the Kougars raced out to a 5-0 advantage before a three-pointers out of the shooting hand of freshman guard Jarod Stolzenbach (Beecher H.S.), made it a 5-3 game at the 16:43 mark of the opening half.

A McNutt three at 14:45 gave PSC its first lead at 10-9

The Pioneers also roared back from a 19-12 deficit to take a 29-25 advantage, courtesy of a field goal by Winters at 3:46 as PSC would never look back

Prairie State headed into the intermission up 34-29.

The Pioneers established their largest lead at 49-31 with 16:38 to go in the second stanza when Easery knocked down a three-ball of his own.

The Pioneers will now take on local rival South Suburban Thursday in South Holland (7 p.m.).


November 9, 2017

McNutt’s 22 Not Enough as PSC Falls to Joliet

Dewayne McNuttJOLIET, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) continued his torrid start to the season, but it just wasn’t enough as NJCAA Region IV foe Joliet downed the Pioneers 76-61 Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt tallied a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor.  He also delivered a 3-of-6 showing from behind the three-point arc and 3-of-4 effort from the free-throw line.

No other Pioneer tallied in double figures.

With the setback, PSC saw its season record drop to 1-3.

Freshman guard Jarod Stolzenbach (Beecher H.S.) delivered a career-high nine points.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) turned in a monstrous effort on both the offensive and defensive glass, tearing down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) pulled down nine rebounds of his own while blocking three shots.

PSC trailed just 32-30 at the break before going on to be outscored 44-31 over the contests final 20 minutes.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they host Kishwaukee (7:30 p.m.).


November 7, 2017

McNutt’s Second 30-Point Outing of Season Tows PSC Past Daley

Kyle Kirkwood vs DaleyCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After navigating its way through choppy waters during its first two games of the campaign, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team was in desperate need of a win.

On Tuesday, sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) made certain the Pioneers got one.

Thanks in part to McNutt’s 31-point, 10 rebound outing, PSC secured its first win of the 2017-18 slate, courtesy of a commanding 109-79 triumph over Daley at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt is averaging a team-best 28.6 points per game through three games for the Pioneers (1-2).  Tuesday marked his second consecutive contest of at least 30 points.

The 31-point outburst was a career-high for McNutt, who shot 13-of-21 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc.

Not far off of McNutt’s pace was sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.).  The 5-foot-10 Oden dropped in 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-4 effort from three-point land and flawless 6-of-6 performance from the charity stripe.

Oden also efficiently ran PSC’s offensive sets to the tune of a seven-assist contest.Stolzenbach vs Daley

Prairie State produced two additional double-digit scorers in the tilt as sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) tallied 11 points and freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) contributed 10 more.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) chipped in a solid all-around outing, delivering nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

A McNutt trey capped off a 10-2 PSC run to start the tilt.

The Pioneers led 48-35 at the intermission and established it largest lead at 101-71 courtesy of a pair of converted free throws from freshman center Nick Davis (Clark H.S., Ind.), (4 points) with 3:25 to go.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they square off against host Joliet in a 7:30 road contest.


November 3-4, 2017

McNutt’s Stellar Efforts go for Naught as PSC Drops Pair at Sauk Tournament

DIXON, Ill. --- As one of the few “elder statesmen” on the roster of the Prairie State College men’s basketball team this season, sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) knew he would have to carry the bulk of the Pioneers’ offensive load in the campaign’s early going.

Apparently, he is taking that responsibility very seriously.

Through the slate’s first two games, the 6-foot-2 McNutt has dropped in 55 points.

Unfortunately, his scoring heroics have yet to help produce a win.

PSC (0-2) dropped both of its contest this past weekend at the 26th Annual Sauk Valley Classic.

Prairie State fell to the host Skyhawks 78-76 Friday in a hard-fought season lid-lifter before dropping a tough tilt against a strong Black Hawk squad Saturday, 96-79.

McNutt registered a 25-point, five-rebound, five-assist showing against Sauk Valley before hitting the Braves with a 30-point outburst.

PSC posted three other scorers in double figures against Sauk Valley as sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) tallied 14 points against the Skyhawks to go along with his eight rebounds.

Freshmen Robert Hurd and Travis Easery both contributed 11-point showings.

Hurd pulled down eight rebounds and made off with eight steals.

Hurd proved to be the only additional Pioneer to McNutt who would tally in twin digits, scoring 12 points.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Stagg H.S.) added eight points against the Braves.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they open the home portion of their schedule against Daley (7 p.m.).