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SLIAC Game of the Week: Webster at Greenville

SLIAC Game of the Week: Webster at Greenville

 

At a Glance

Early season control is up for grabs in this week's SLIAC Game of the Week when Webster University visits Greenville University. The pair of squads are the only men's basketball teams in the conference with double-digit overall wins and are in first and second place in the SLIAC standings. The showdown will be held Wednesday night in Greenville, Ill. at 7:30 p.m.

       
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Greenville University 'PANTHERS'

Greenville is on a conference-best eight-game winning streak and is a perfect 7-0 in the SLIAC. The Panthers are averaging 130.1 points per game this season, hitting 17 three-pointers every game. The high tempo team has an array of scorers with five players averaging in double figures. 

Leading the way is junior guard Eric Williams. Williams, in his first year in the system, is averaging 23.3 points per game, second best in the league. Senior Johari Dix runs the attack and is averaging 17.8 points per game while dishing out 4.9 assists and recording 3.1 steals per game. Sophomore Marvin Bateman is one of the league's top outside threats and has knocked down 43 three-pointers this year. 

        

Webster University 'GORLOKS'

Webster carries a 10-4 overall record into the game and is coming off their first conference loss this season, a loss that snapped a four-game winning streak. The Gorloks are averaging 73.2 points per game, fifth in the SLIAC and have a conference-best +2.6 rebound margin. 

Josh Johnson is averaging a career-high 18.2 points per game this year while shooting 44-percent from three-point range. The versatile Enrique Tankins is averaging 14.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game while Nigel Wilcox is the inside force for the Gorloks; averaging 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while leading the conference in blocked shots with 35.

 

Last Meeting
Greenville swept the season series last year, winning 129-105 on the road and 134-113 at home in the regular season finale, which kept the Gorloks out of the tournament. Marvin Bateman led the Panthers in the first game of the series with 28 points while Nigel Wilcox tallied 33 points and 20 rebounds for Webster. Wilcox followed with 22 points in the second outing while Sonti Gray finished with 26 points for Greenville.

Game Notes

  • Webster leads the all-time series against Greenville, 33-15. The Panthers season sweep last year marked their first wins in the series since the 2009-10 season, a streak of 16 games.
  • Greenville once again leads the NCAA in scoring average, putting up 130.1 points per game this year.
  • Webster sophomore Nigel Wilcox is the premier shot blocker in the league. He has a SLIAC leading 35 blocks this season, one year after leading the league with 58 blocked shots.
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