The Friars were lifted to victory thanks in part to a superb performance by big man Ben Bentil. The sophomore Wilmington, Delaware native scored a season-high 24 points on Thursday night. This comes after a season-high 21 point performance against NJIT in the Friars' last contest. Bentil added eight boards and shot 10-for-11 from the free throw line.
Junior point guard Kris Dunn had yet another great night in Fullerton, California. Dunn scored 18, grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and netted three steals and a block in 36 minutes of action. Elsewhere, Junior Lomomba and Ryan Fazekas got into double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.
The Purple Aces dominated in the paint and in bench points, but were plagued by 15 turnovers on the evening. Leading the way for Evansville on Turkey Day was D.J. Balentine. The Kokomo, Indiana native scoredo 18 points on 18 shots, grabbed four rebounds and allotted five assists in 34 minutes.