November 4th - Exhibition Game - DePaul Blue Demons vs. Lewis University Flyers – 7:30 p.m. - McGrath Arena
Note: The DePaul women's basketball team take on the Chicago Challengers at 5:30 p.m.
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Who is Lewis? The Flyers are a Division II school from Romeoville, Illinois. The Flyers are led by first year coach Scott Trost. Trost was the head coach at Division III Illinois Wesleyan last season.
Trost prefers an up-tempo style of basketball and in giving his players freedom on the floor. "We want to have an aggressive attitude on both ends of the court," he said. "Our players will have a lot of opportunities to use their athletic ability and creativity. I think our personnel are best-suited for that open-floor style of play."
"We'll try to put constant pressure on the defense and attack the basket. I want to see us push the ball up the floor in transition but be efficient if a good scoring chance isn't there. Defensively, we probably aren't a team that can play half-court man-to-man the entire game, so we may need to play a mix of man and zone."
The Flyers leading returning scorer is junior forward Stephan Bolt from Downers Grove North High School. Recently named team captain, Bolt averaged 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds last year. "Stephan is very athletic, has a tremendous work ethic and is a great leader," Trost said. "I'm very impressed with him and expect him to be one of the top inside players in the GLVC. We need him to play very well this year."
In an 83-58 exhibition loss at Illinois on Wednesday night, Bolt and sophomore forward Jason Genova scored 11 points apiece. Junior forward Dustin Warfield and sophomore guard Brandon Dagans each scored 10 points against the Illini.
One key to this game will be rebounding. The Flyers outrebounded a much bigger Illinois team by a 40-37 margin. Bolt, Warfield and Genova had nine, eight and six rebounds, respectively. Bolt was the game leader on the boards. "We have a lot to work on, and we need to learn some things from this game," Trost said. "But our guys played hard, and I saw some signs, especially in the second half, that we have a chance to put together a competitive team. Illinois outscored us by just a point in the second half, and we outrebounded them for the game, and those are positive things to build on."
Lewis also dominated Illinois in three point shooting, nailing seven of 21 to the Illini's three of 21.
Where the Flyers lost the game was on turnovers. Trost is still in search of a point guard that can handle the ball. Keelan Donald started at point guard. Matt Marino and Kendall Patterson also saw time at the point. If the Blue Demons pressure the ball, they can get some easy baskets off of turnovers.
The Flyers feature a number of Chicago area players on their roster. If Marino's name sounds familiar to you it should. The Chicago St. Patrick's graduate played against DePaul in an exhibition game on November 4, 2004 when he was a freshman at St. Xavier University.
2006-07 Lewis Men's Basketball Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School)
4 Matt Bogue G 6-2 185 SR Westmont, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)
5 Barry Murdock G 6-3 175 JR Joliet, Ill. (Joliet Township)
10 Matt Marino G 6-2 185 JR Chicago, Ill. (St. Patrick)
12 Branden Hunter G 6-3 180 JR Silvis, Ill. (United Township)
20 Ryan Sharp G 6-2 180 SO Plainfield, Ill. (Plainfield Central)
22 Keelan Donald G 6-2 185 JR Chicago, Ill. (Leo)
23 Kendall Patterson G 6-3 175 JR Chicago, Ill. (Kenwood)
24 Brandon Dagans G 6-1 155 SO Harvey, Ill. (Thornton)
30 Jason Genova F 6-6 190 SO Chicago, Ill. (St. Patrick)
32 Brandon Alexander F 6-6 185 JR Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)
33 Stephan Bolt F 6-6 205 JR Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove North)
40 Cameron Jones F 6-6 200 JR Decatur, Ill. (MacArthur)
42 Dan Lewis F 6-6 210 SO Darien, Ill. (Hinsdale South)
44 Dustin Warfield F 6-6 225 JR Peoria, Ill. (Central)
Scott Trost - Head Coach (1st season)
Harley Piercy - Assistant Coach (3rd season)
Steve Turner - Assistant Coach (2nd season)
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