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
CHICAGO 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.).
The 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
CHICAGO 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.
Leading 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.
PSC 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
CHICAGO, 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
CHICAGO 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.
Things 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
JOLIET, 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
CHICAGO 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.
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.).