Athletic Event

Prairie State College

Chiefs outduel Pioneers in high-scoring battle for Heiss' 600th career win at Waubonsee

Chiefs outduel Pioneers in high-scoring battle for Heiss' 600th career win at Waubonsee

Conference: Yes

Opponent: Pioneers at Chiefs
113 - 108 (W)

Waubonsee Community College and Prairie State College engaged in a frenetic, high scoring battle from the opening tip until the final buzzer. In the end the Chiefs pulled out a 113-108 victory for head coach Dave Heiss’ 600th career coaching win. Heiss, in his 32nd year at Waubonsee, becomes the 11th active NJCAA coach to reach this milestone. The victory also keeps the Chiefs (18-7) in the hunt for the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title with a 7-2 record, just a game behind leader Oakton Community College (15-10, 8-1).  

Prairie State (13-11, 5-4) jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the opening two minutes of play. The Chiefs quickly caught up and took an 11-9 lead as the pace of play picked up. Sixteen minutes later Waubonsee’s Steve Green stole the ball and scored on a lay-in at the buzzer to send the Chiefs to the locker room up 61-54 at the half. The Pioneers fired off 50 shots in the first half, double the attempts Waubonsee was able to muster. However, the Chiefs made 16 of 25 (64 percent) shots and connected on 24 of 30 (80 percent) free throws before the intermission.

The pace the second half did not slow down as the game eventually featured eight ties and a dozen lead changes. Waubonsee took the biggest lead for either team when they grabbed a 63-54 advantage just 30 seconds into the second half. A nip and tuck affair ensued after that as each team traded baskets throughout the remainder of the game. The Chiefs then made five of six from the line in the final minute to hold on for the victory, resulting in a celebratory water bucket dousing for Heiss from his players.

The Chiefs finished 34 of 58 (59 percent) from the floor, 36 of 46 (78 percent) from the foul line and 9 of 17 (53 percent) from three-point range. Meanwhile Prairie State made 41 of 80 (51 percent) from the field, and 16 of 31 (52 percent) from beyond the arc. However, the Pioneers connected on just 10 of 17 (59 percent) from the charity stripe. Prairie State out rebounded Waubonsee 43-32, including snagging 21 offensive boards. Waubonsee ‘s bench out scored the Pioneers’ reserves 37-7 to help offset that disparity. 

For the second straight game Waubonsee placed five players in double digits, including three over 20 points. Germaine Roebuck paced the Chiefs with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Tyrone Carey tallied 21 points and dished out nine assists. Alec Goetz also booked 21 points and passed out six assists. Deon Ward came off the bench to score 17 points. Jacob Niesman added a collegiate career high of 11 points and recorded four steals, while Demetrius Ewing nearly gave the Chiefs a sixth player in double-digits with nine points.

Waubonsee’s next game is this Thursday, February 9 when they host Morton College. The women’s contest is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. with the men slated to tipoff at 7:15 p.m. Both games will be streamed ‘live’ on-line at www.Waubonsee.edu/Athletics, and also broadcast on local cable television. Check your local cable provider for Waubonsee’s Educational Television channel.