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March 1, 2018

Season Comes to a Close Following First-Round Exit

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Another hard-fought campaign came to a close Thursday night following a disheartening 77-67 loss to Illinois Valley in the opening round of the NJCAA Region IV Tournament at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the setback, head coach Mike Manderino’s club finished the campaign a game under the .500 mark at 16-17.

Leading the charge for PSC in his final game in a Prairie State uniform was sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.).  The 6-foot-2 McNutt, an All-Region IV selection poured in a team-best 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field.  He also added another double-double to his final season, pulling down 11 rebounds.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) also delivered a big effort, tallying 12 points while hauling down 13 rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.) scored nine points while dishing out six assists.

Sophomore guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.), (8 points, 4 assists) and freshman forward Brody Love (Morgan Park H.S.) added eight tallies of his own.

The Pioneers got off to a hot start, racing out to a 20-8 lead, following an Oden layup.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go very well from there on out as the Eagles headed to the locker room on the top side of a 37-31 halftime advantage.

The Pioneers outrebounded the Eagles by a 41-38 margin.

 

February 22, 2018

McNutt’s Clutch Trey Helps PSC Down Moraine Valley, Finish Climb  to .500

PALOS HILLS, Ill. --- As far as gaudy statistics are concerned, Thursday evening’s box score line from Prairie State College shooting guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) won’t rank as one of his most eye-popping. 

But it may very well go down as one of his best.  Especially where the magnitude of big buckets are concerned.

McNutt’s clutch three-pointer, with six seconds left, erased a one-point deficit and lifted the Pioneers to a 75-73 triumph over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Moraine Valley at the Cyclone Center.

The game-clinching triple capped off a somewhat modest 22-point effort for McNutt, the nation’s fourth-leading scorer.

As important as avenging a 75-68 setback to the Cyclones on January 30 was, Thursday’s triumph took on an even more significant meaning as it lifted PSC to the .500 mark for the first time all year.

The Pioneers now own a 15-15 overall mark and 9-5 record in league play.

Massively contributing to the outcome of Thursday’s contest was the effort turned in by Prairie State freshman forward Brody Love (Morgan Park H.S.).  Love, who joined the Pioneers in midseason after completing basic training in the National Guard, delivered the first double-double of his career.  The 6-foot-4 Love powered in 18 points while tearing down 10 rebounds.

The Pioneers also picked up another workmanlike effort from sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.).  The 6-foot-6 Winters tallied 16 points while pulling down six rebounds.

Also making strong contributions were sophomore guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.), (8 points, 6 rebounds) and sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.), (5 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds).

Moraine Valley took a 43-39 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Trailing 45-41 with 18:48 to go, McNutt pulled PSC to within a point when he knocked down another three, thanks in part to an Oden assist.

McNutt came up clutch at the 14-minute mark as well, taking advantage of a Hurd steal and crisp Oden pass to bury a three to knot the score at 52-all.

Both teams fought back and forth throughout the closing minutes of the tilt as a Hurd three-pointer with 46 ticks remaining gave the Pioneers a short-lived 72-71 lead.

The Cyclones took the 73-72 lead following a free throw by Deshawn Wilson with 25 left, setting up McNutt’s dramatic shot.

PSC’s defense thwarted off one last Moraine Valley attempt as time expired.

 

February 13, 2018

Pioneers Suffer Double-Overtime Heartbreak at Oakton

DES PLAINES, Ill. --- Despite another all-out effort and four double-digit scorers, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team fell in heart-breaking fashion Tuesday night against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton.

The Owls survived a determined PSC effort to escape their own floor with a 92-81 double-overtime victory in hand.

With the setback, the Pioneers fell to 12-15 overall and 6-5 in league action.

Leading the charge for PSC was sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) who poured in 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting from the floor.  The 6-foot-2 McNutt also delivered a double-double, tearing down 14 rebounds while handing out eight assists.

Sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.) tallied 19 points while handing out eight assists.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) and freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) both recorded 14-point outings.

The Pioneers held a slim 43-40 lead at the break.

Falling behind 75-73 with 24 seconds left in regulation, Oden forced the first extra session when he drove hard to the hoop for a game-tying layup.

After PSC had lost a four-point lead in overtime, Oden again forced overtime when he knocked down a free throw with 53 ticks left.

A pair of late Oakton three-pointers put the game out of reach for PSC.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they host McHenry at the PSC Fieldhouse (7:15 p.m.).

 

February 6, 2018

Trio of Sophs Team Up to Down Lake County

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- After falling to Lake County 90-71 on January 11 in Grayslake, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team was certainly eager t exact revenge on its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart the second time through the league.

That second meeting came Tuesday and the Pioneers delivered in a big way.

Paced by strong efforts from three of the squad’s top sophomores, the Pioneers rolled to an 85-72 triumph at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The win, which snapped a two-game losing streak elevated the Pioneers’ overall record to 12-14 overall with a 6-4 mark in Skyway action.

Leading the charge for PSC, as has been the case all season, was sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) who chipped in a 27-point, 14-rebound showing for a double-double.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) also performed well, depositing 19 points while pulling down seven rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S) also delivered a strong showing, tallying 16 points while dishing out a game-high 10 assists.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.), (9 points, 8 rebounds) and sophomore guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.), (6 points, 5 rebounds) both made strong contributions as well.

The Pioneers led the contest form wire-to-wire and established a 46-35 edge at the intermission.

PSC will hit the floor next on Thursday night, when it squares off against league foe Waubonsee at the fieldhouse (7:15 p.m.).

 

Pioneers Deliver Determined Effort, But Fall at Home to Moraine Valley

Dwayne McNutt and Chris WintersCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) scored 23 points and freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) tallied 18 more, but it just wasn’t enough.

The Pioneers fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference rival Moraine Valley 75-68 at the PSC Fieldhouse Tuesday night.

With the setback, PSC saw its five-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt.  PSC’s overall record also dipped to 11-13 with a 5-3 mark in Skyway play.

McNutt’s scoring effort pushed his already gaudy season point total to 536 and kept him atop the national leader board for that category.

Robert HurdPrairie State also picked up a twin-digit scoring total from freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.), as the 5-foot-11 Hurd dropped in 18 tallies while narrowly missing a double-double with a nine-rebound showing.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) also played well, depositing 12 points while tearing down nine caroms.

Winters’ seven offensive boards elevated his campaign total to 98, good for second on the national charts.

PSC fought hard throughout the opening half, taking a 31-29 edge into the locker room.

Down 62-52 late, the Pioneers went to work, eventually fighting back to within 69-66 with 1:15 to play following a three-pointer out of the hand of freshman guard Jarod Stolzenbach (Beecher H.S.).

Unfortunately, that was as far as the Pioneers would come.

PSC will hit the floor next on Thursday when it travels to Cicero for a league road tilt with Morton (7:15 p.m.).

 

January 25, 2018

Winters and McNutt Lead PSC’s Charge to Fifth Straight Win

Chris Winters with the ballCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. ---   In the aftermath of the Prairie State College men’s basketball team’s 87-77 win over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opponent Elgin Thursday night, Sergeant Robert Pinnow of the PSC Police Department was overheard telling sophomore center Chris Winters “It may have felt like springtime outside today, but it was definitely ‘Winters’ Time’ inside the gym tonight!”

Pinnow was most certainly dead on in his assessment as Winters turned in a performance even larger than his 6-foot-6 frame.

The former Leo High School product powered in a career-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor while tearing down a game-high 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

Winters’ 91 offensive rebounds on the slate rank him second on the national charts in that category.

The win, PSC’s fifth straight, vaulted the Pioneers to within a game of the .500 mark at 11-12 overall, while establishing a 5-2 league record.

PSC received another stellar effort from sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.), who dropped in a team-best 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field.

Thursday’s effort allowed McNutt to up his nation-leading point total to 513 on the season.  His 23.3 points per game scoring average rank him sixth in America.

McNutt has recorded 21 double-digit scoring efforts and 16 of 20 or more points on the season.

Winters and McNutt weren’t the only Pioneers who turned in stellar outings either.

Sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.) backed up his strong performance in Tuesday’s win over McHenry with another solid tilt.  The 5-foot-10 Oden scored 14 points while pulling down seven rebounds and handing out six assists.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S) and freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) both delivered identical 13-point, nine-rebound contests.

PSC seesawed back and forth with the Spartans throughout much of the opening half before the Pioneers locked down a 43-40 halftime lead.

The Spartans continued to nip at the heels of the Pioneers throughout the second stanza as well, before a Winters layup, courtesy of an Oden assist, gave the Pioneers an 81-69 edge, PSC’s largest of the tilt, with 2:29 to play.

Prairie State will take the floor next on Tuesday when it hosts Skyway foe Moraine Valley in a 7:15 p.m. tipoff at the PSC Fieldhouse.

 

January 23, 2018

McNutt Drops in 31, Hurd Delivers All-Around Effort as Pioneers Claim Fourth Straight

Dwayne McNutt finger rollCRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. --- While Prairie State College sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) has basked in the glow of the spotlight for almost all of the 2017-18 season, and for good reason, he isn’t the only Pioneer who has had a big year.

And although McNutt once again led the Pioneers in scoring Tuesday night against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart McHenry, it was freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) who filled up the box score with an equally impressive performance.

Robert Hurd dribbleHurd narrowly missed a quadruple-double, delivering an inspiring 16-point, nine-rebound, nine-steal, eight assist effort, helping to tow the Pioneers to a convincing 91-62 league win in Crystal Lake.

The victory, PSC’s fourth straight, pushed Prairie State’s record to 10-12 overall and 4-2 in Skyway action.

Hurd’s 62 steals on the season are currently good for fifth on the national charts.

McNutt’s 489 total points on the campaign following Tuesday’s win helped him keep his spot at the top of the national leader board in that category.  His 23.3 points per game scoring average currently sits him sixth.

For the sixth time on the slate Tuesday, the 6-foot-2 McNutt tallied a 30-plus-point game, dropping in 31 tallies, to go along with his five rebounds and four assists.

McNutt shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point land.  He also chipped in a perfect 5-of-5 effort from the free-throw line.

McNutt has now scored at least 20 points in 18 of Prairie State’s 22 contests.

Not to be lost in the strong stat lines produced by McNutt and Hurd was the double-double turned in by sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.).

The 5-foot-10 Oden tallied 11 points while quarterbacking the Pioneers’ offense to the tune of a career-high 13 assists.

PSC also picked up double-digit scoring efforts from freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.), (11 points) and sophomore center Nick Davis (Clark H.S., Ind.), (10 points, 8 rebounds).

The Pioneers struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the first half and headed into the locker room on the wrong side of a 40-39 score.

The second half was all PSC however as head coach Mike Manderino’s squad torched the Scots 52-22 over the game’s final 20 minutes.

Prairie State established its largest lead at 78-44 courtesy of a bank shot from newcomer Brody Love (Morgan Park H.S.) with 6:52 to play.

PSC will now host league foe Elgin at the Fieldhouse on Thursday (7:15 p.m.).

 

January 20, 2018

Pioneers Inch Closer to .500 Following Third Straight Triumph

Dwayne McNutt Pull Up JumperELGIN, Ill. --- While the climb has indeed been both long and steep, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team finds itself in a position which most certainly seemed far off just a few short weeks ago: Striking distance of the .500 mark.

Led by sophomore point guard Kyle Oden’s (Hillcrest H.S.) 21-point, 10-rebound, six-assist effort and another strong showing by fellow sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (Hales Franciscan H.S.) the Pioneers’ ran their winning streak to three, following a solid 68-60 triumph over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart Elgin Saturday.

With the win, PSC improved to 9-12 overall while pushing its league record to 3-2.

Oden has eclipsed the 20-point plateau now in two of his last three outings.

Robert Hurd and Chris WintersThe 5-foot-10 Oden shot 7-of-15 from the field Saturday, including a 5-of-7 display from beyond the three-point arc.

McNutt scored 19 points and shot 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also pulled down six rebounds.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) also reached double figures, tallying 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. The 6-foot-2 Daifallah was also a force on the glass, securing 11 caroms.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) also made his presence felt in the rebounding department, corralling 13 off-target shots while chipping in seven points of his own.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.), (5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and sophomore center Nick Davis (Clark H.S., Ind.), (3 points, 3 rebounds) also contributed.

Both teams exchanged leads throughout the opening half before the Spartans headed to the locker room on the top side of a 33-30 score.

A McNutt trey with 14:51 remaining in the tilt pushed the Pioneers to a 43-40 advantage.

A Davis field goal and free throw capped off a 6-0 PSC run and gave Prairie State a 46-40 advantage with 13:31 to play.

The Pioneers established their largest lead at 64-55 following an Oden “old-fashioned three-point play” with 1:35 to go.

PSC outrebounded Elgin 53-30 for the contest.

Prairie State will see action next on Tuesday when it travels to league foe McHenry for a road date with the Scots (7:15 p.m.).

 

January 11, 2018

McNutt Moves into Top Slot on National Scoring Chart as PSC Falls to Lake County

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. --- Prairie State College sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) delivered his fifth outing of 30 or more points on the season Thursday night, but it just wasn’t enough to stem the tide of a well-balanced Lake County attack as the Pioneers fell to their Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterparts 90-71.

With the setback, PSC dropped to 6-12 on the campaign and 0-2 in league play.

Despite the disappointing outcome, McNutt did provide some positive news as his 30-point showing vaulted him into the nation’s top slot for overall scoring.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt has now tallied 406 points on the season, currently the most of any player in the nation.  His 23.9 points per game scoring average is also good for sixth amongst America’s best.

McNutt has scored 20 or more points in 15 of PSC’s 18 tilts.

McNutt wasn’t the only Pioneer to reach double digits either as sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.), dropped in 14 tallies of his own, while dishing out seven assists of his own in 40 minutes of work.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) also played well, dropping in 13 points while handing out a team-best eight assists.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) also played well, scoring nine points while securing six rebounds.

PSC trailed 48-38 at the break and was able to cut the Lancer’s lead to ten on multiple occasions throughout the second half, but could never put together a sustained run as Lake County hung on for the triumph.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they travel to Sugar Grove for a road test against Skyway foe Waubonsee (7:15 p.m.).

 

January 9, 2018

Morton Hands PSC Heart-Wrenching Setback

Dwayne McNutt vs IVCCCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Despite its lopsided record of 5-12 overall, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team appears to be knocking on the door of figuring out an aspect of the game that is a key component to any winning squad: Closing out a contest.

After falling in overtime to Bryant and Stratton Saturday with just four players, the Pioneers, back at full strength, suffered another hard-to-swallow setback in its Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener with Morton Tuesday night at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Prairie State, despite a hard-fought, wire-to-wire effort, fell to the Panthers 74-73.

Once again, the Pioneers were paced by another stellar effort from sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.).

Robert Hurd vs IVCCThe 6-foot-2 McNutt poured in a team-leading 26 points for his sixth scoring effort of the slate of 25 or more points.  In all, PSC’s leading scorer has reached the double-digit plateau in 15 of the Pioneers’ 16 tilts.

McNutts’ 23.5 points per game scoring average places him seventh on the national charts for that category.  The former Chicago Catholic League standout is also second in total points with 376 and leads the nation in minutes per game (35.9).

McNutt wasn’t the only Pioneer to reach twin digits in the box score either as sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.) registered a 16-point showing and freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) added 13 tallies of his own.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.), (7 points) and sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.), (5 points, 6 rebounds) also aided the Pioneers’ cause.

Prairie State went into the break with a slim 36-34 lead and actually outscored the Panthers 39-38 over the course of the game’s final 20 minutes.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the second half.

A McNutt jump shot and two Daifallah free throws gave PSC a 62-60 edge with eight minutes to play.

After falling behind 72-71 with 2:40 remaining, an Oden steal and layup gave PSC a one-point advantage at 73-72.

A layup by Morton’s Mason Vires gave the Panthers a 74-73 edge with 1:24 left.

Oden had a chance to win it for PSC, but his running floater in the closing seconds rimmed in and out.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they make their way to Grayslake for a 7:15 league tipoff with Lake County.

 

January 6, 2018

Valiant Effort Goes for Naught as PSC Falls to Bryant and Stratton

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- While the Prairie State College men’s basketball team certainly doesn’t believe in “moral victories,” it came about as close as a squad can to achieving one Saturday afternoon at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Hit by a slew of injuries, the Pioneers were forced to take the floor against their home opponent, Bryant and Stratton College, with only five eligible players.

By game’s end however, PSC had just three after two players had fouled out. 

Despite an admirable effort, the Prairie State dropped its contest with Bulldogs, 86-81 in overtime.  But not before head coach Mike Manderino’s team put up one impressive fight.

With the setback, PSC moved to 6-10 on the campaign.

As has been the case all year, Prairie State picked up another stellar outing from sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.).  The 6-foot-2 McNutt delivered a 32-point showing, which included a 16-of-17 effort from behind the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Kyle Kirkwood (Bremen H.S.) dropped in a career-best 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 effort from behind the three-point arc.

Fellow freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) also deposited a 17-tally afternoon while sharing game-high assist honors with sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.) with five.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) also added nine points.

PSC trailed 33-30 at halftime.

The Pioneers didn’t take hold of their first lead of the tilt until after a Daifallah converted free throw with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime, with just four players on the floor.

A McNutt free throw of his own gave PSC a 73-72 edge just 17 seconds into the extra session.

A pair of free throws by Hurd with 3:36 remaining gave the Pioneers a 76-74 edge.

A five-point Bobcat swing gave the visitors from Wisconsin an 81-76 lead and control of the contest for good.

The Pioneers will see action next on Tuesday when they take on Morton in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener for both schools (7:15 p.m.).

 

December 21, 2017

Oden Leads All Scorers, But Pioneers Fall to Danville

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Taking on a squad that boasts an 11-3 record while owning a spot amongst the nation’s top-25 teams, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team knew full well that it would have its hands full Thursday night during its skirmish against NJCAA powerhouse Danville.

Unfortunately for the Pioneers, it was the Jaguars who walked off the floor at the PSC Fieldhouse with an 84-61 victory firmly in its grasp.

With the setback, PSC dipped to 5-9 on the campaign.

The Pioneers were paced by the third 20-plus-point scoring effort of sophomore point guard Kyle Oden’s (Hillcrest H.S.) career.  The 5-foot-10 Oden dropped in a game-high 20 tallies on 7-of-14 shooting from the field while also handing out a game-high six assists.

Two other Pioneers also reached twin digits in the scorer’s column.

Sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds. 

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) also notched 10 points while corralling five caroms.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.), (6 points, 10 rebounds, block) and sophomore center Nick Davis (Clark H.S., Ind.), (6 points), also aided the Pioneers’ cause.

Danville set the tone for the tilt early and raced out to a 42-24 halftime edge.

PSC will now enjoy a short holiday break before hitting the floor at the Fieldhouse for a home date against NJCAA Region IV foe Triton on December 29 (7 p.m.).

 

December 7, 2017

McNutt’s Scoring Clinic Not Enough as Pioneers Fall at Ancilla

DONALDSON, Ind. --- As the nation’s leader in total minutes played, Prairie State College sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) has certainly made the most of his time on the floor during the first half of the 2017-18 season.

The fact that he’s also the nation’s sixth-leading scorer (252 points as of Tuesday) can attest to this quite convincingly.

Unfortunately for the Pioneers, another one of McNutt’s strong scoring efforts went to waste following an 85-65 setback against Ancilla Thursday night.

For the third time this season, McNutt delivered an outing of at least 30 points, hitting the Chargers for a 30-tally showing on 12-of-24 shooting from the field.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt, who has played 434 total minutes on the campaign, has now scored 20 or more points in 11 of PSC’s 12 tilts.

With the loss PSC saw its season mark fall to 4-8.

Other than McNutt, the only other Pioneer to reach double digits in the scorebook was freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.), following a 13-point showing.

The Pioneers hung tough with the Chargers (who qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament a year ago), holding several small leads in the early going.

Ancilla went to the locker room on the front end of a 45-38 score.

The Chargers would go on to outscore the Pioneers 40-27 over the course of the games last 20 minutes.

The Pioneers will see action next on Monday when they travel to Chicago’s north side for a road date against the North Park University JV (7 p.m.).

 

December 5, 2017

Oden’s Dramatic Half Court Buzzer-Beater “Walks Off’ Kennedy-King

Kyle Oden Walk-Off Half Court BombCHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. ---Prairie State College sophomore point guard Kyle Oden (Hillcrest H.S.) certainly has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to making a triumphant return to the lineup.

Oden, who missed three straight games with conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” delivered when his teammates needed it most as the Pioneers trailed NJCAA Region IV counterpart Kennedy-King 72-71 with one second remaining in regulation Tuesday night.

The 5-foot-10 Oden accepted an in-bounds pass from freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) and flicked off a high-arching shot toward the rim from just outside half court with less than one second left.

Oden’s attempt caught nothing but twine as time expired, setting off a wild on-court celebration at the PSC Fieldhouse, following the dramatic 74-72 win.

With the triumph, Prairie State pushed its season mark to 4-7 overall.

Oden finished with 10 points and five assists.  He also made off with four steals.

Dwayne McNutt dribbleLeading the charge for PSC in the scorer’s column once again was sophomore point guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.).

The 6-foot-2 McNutt tallied a game-high 22 points with three, three-pointers.

McNutt has now scored 20 or more points in 10 of PSC’s 11 contests.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) recorded 15 points while pulling down seven rebounds.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) added 10 points while hauling in six caroms.

Chris Winters vs. IVCCPSC held several small leads throughout the opening half and led 37-34 at the break.

PSC held its largest lead at 65-57 with 5:07 to play following a pair of McNutt free throws.

Kennedy-King grabbed hold of a 68-65 advantage with 1:47 to go before Winters cut the deficit to one when he knocked down a pair from the charity stripe with 1:39 to play.

Down 70-69 with six ticks remaining, McNutt drained a mid-range jump shot, lifting the Pioneers to a one-point edge.

The Statesmen tallied with just over one second left, setting up Oden’s all-or-nothing attempt.

Prairie State will hit the hardwood next on Thursday when it travels to Donaldson, Indiana for a road date with Ancilla (7:30 p.m. Central Time).

 

December 2, 2017

Pioneers Fight Hard, Fall at Wright

McNutt brings it up the floorCHICAGO, Ill. --- Despite a strong collective effort, the Prairie State College men’s basketball team was unable to find a way past City Colleges of Chicago opponent Wright Saturday afternoon in Chicago, falling to the Rams 88-80.

With the setback, PSC saw its season mark fall to 3-7 overall.

Despite the loss, the Pioneers still picked up several strong individual showings.

Sophomore guard Dwayne McNutt (St. Francis De Sales H.S.) added another strong effort to his already impressive season ledger, depositing a game-high 24 points.

The 6-foot-2 McNutt also ripped down 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the slate.

McNutt has now scored at least 20 points in eight of PSC’s 10 contests.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (Chicago Vocational H.S.) also played well, delivering a career-best 19-points.  He also dished out a quartet of assists.

Freshman forward Shaddie Daifallah (Andrew H.S.) tallied 11 points while hauling down nine rebounds.

Freshman forward Travis Easery (Thornwood H.S) reached double digits in the scorer’s column as well, notching 10 points while securing eight rebounds.

Sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.) narrowly missed a double-double of his own, tallying nine points while cleaning up the glass to the tune of a 12-rebound outing.

Things didn’t exactly get off to an optimal start for the Pioneers as Wright dominated both ends of the floor throughout the opening half, finding itself totally in control of the contest 51-30 at the break.

If the Rams owned the first half however, then PSC definitely returned the favor in the second, outscoring Wright 50-37 over the course of the game’s final 20 minutes.

Trailing 72-61 with 6:21 to go, the Pioneers threw a serious scare into the Rams following a three-pointer from Easery.  A pair of McNutt free throws, coupled with treys by Daifallah and McNutt made it an 80-72 contest.

When Hurd sliced to the hoop for a layup and foul with 1:05 to play, Wright’s lead had shrunk to 85-76.  A Hurd free throw with 50 seconds left made it an 86-77 contest.

Unfortunately, the Pioneers would draw no closer.

PSC will now host another City Colleges of Chicago opponent in Kennedy-King Tuesday night at the PSC Fieldhouse (7 p.m.).

 

November 28, 2017

Pioneers Fall to Olive-Harvey on Road

CHICAGO, Ill. --- The Prairie State College men’s basketball team put forth a strong effort, but ultimately fell to a talented and undefeated Olive-Harvey squad Thursday night in Chicago’s Roseland community.

With the setback, the Pioneers saw their overall record dip to 3-6.

PSC was paced by sophomore center Chris Winters (Leo H.S.)  The Pioneers’ 6-foot-6 post player deposited 16 points while corralling a game-high 14 rebounds.

Also scoring in double figures was freshman forward Travis Easery (Thornwood H.S.).  The 6-foot-4 Easery tallied 13 and eight rebounds.

Freshman guard Robert Hurd (CVS) also played well, dropping in 11 points while corralling nine rebounds. 

The undefeated Panthers (10-0) led 40-25 at the intermission and went on to outscore PSC 51-40 over the contest’s final 20 minutes.

 

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.).