Tonight: The Leafs try and pull off the upset in a game that tips off at 6.|
Geneseo: G: Jordan Starkey, 5-9, Sr. (14.9 ppg., 3.8 rpg.), Ethan Radue, 5-10, Jr. (8.3, 2.2) & Luke Snyder, 5-11, Jr. (5.3, 3.9); F: Ethan Reschke, 6-2 Sr. (2.9, 2.4) & Grant Burress, 6-1, Sr. (4.0, 3.1).
LaSalle-Peru: G Noah Lamboley, 6-0, Jr. (15.3 ppg., 2.9 rpg.); Bret Storm, 5-11, Sr. (2.3, 1.5); Cameron Hight, 6-1, Sr. (6.9, 1.4); F Jon VonBehren, 6-2, Sr. (5.9, 4.3); C: Jens Soderholm, 6-5, Sr. (22.1, 11.7).
Last meeting: The Leafs lost to L-P 60-44 on Jan. 4 although they trailed by just a bucket seconds into the second half. Big runs by the Cavs, thanks to hot-shooting, sent the Leafs home sore.
Why watch: The Cavs are the top team in the Northern Illinois Big 12 this season, holding a one-game lead over Ottawa. The Leafs are trying to stay in the top half of the conference and would love to play the role of spoiler in front of their home crowd. While their record is under .500, the Leafs have been very good at home, going 7-3. Leafs big man Austin Frank came back from a knee injury to play a little in the Leafs' win over Yorkville last Saturday and will see limited minutes again tonight. At 6-foot-7, he's tough to guard and a vacuum on the boards, but he's not at 100-percent and won't start. "He's getting a little better everyday," Geneseo coach Brad Storm said. Senior guard Jordan Starkey is getting pretty close to 300 points on the season and has been the most consistent part of the Leafs' up-and-down season.
What they said:"We're hoping the home court helps us a lot. Last time we played, it was a close game until they made a run late and that was off our mistakes. We feel like we give them a good challenge. We want to play spoilers." -- Geneseo coach Brad Storm