January 21, 2003
Eagles hit the road for pair of GLVC games
After a 3-0 homestand, the University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will leave the comforts of the Physical Activities Center this week for a pair of GLVC road games.
USI, which is 11-4 overall and 6-3 in the GLVC, closed out the homestand with an exciting 87-82 victory over 12th-ranked Northern Kentucky University. The Screaming Eagles have won six of their last seven conference games and nine of their last 11 overall.
A big part of USI's successful homestand was the play of junior forward/center Billy Harris
(Carbondale, Illinois). Harris was named the GLVC's Player of the Week after averaging 16.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in the victories over Bellarmine University and NKU.
Harris led four players, who averaged in double-digits. Senior forward Diond're Givens
(Mt. Vernon, Indiana), USI's season leader with 16.6 ppg, and sophomore guard Cris Brunson
(Evansville, Indiana) followed Harris with 15.5 ppg each. Sophomore forward Dennis Coutee
(Jeffersonville, Indiana) caught fire last week, dropping in 14.5 ppg.
First up on the road trip will be the Pumas of Saint Joseph's College Thursday, January 23, in Rensselaer, Indiana. The Pumas, 8-8 overall and 4-5 GLVC, stopped a three-game losing skid with a 92-90 victory at Quincy University last Saturday. Junior guard Jamie Holden led five Pumas in double-figures with 23 points.
For the season, junior center Corey Seegers leads SJC with 18.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Senior guard Hodges Smith follows Seegers in the scoring column with 15.8 ppg.
In the first meeting of the year, USI scored 62 points and shot 71.4 percent from the field in the first half to win 100-83. Givens led five USI players to score in double figures with 21 points. The Pumas were led by the 34-point and 10-rebound performance of Seegers.
The Eagles lead the series, 34-16, and have won the last two against the Pumas.
USI will conclude the road trip by continuing north to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to play the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for the first time in 2002-03. The Rangers are 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the league after splitting a pair on the road. UWP lost at Lewis University, 88-64, but won at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 70-53.
UWP senior guard/forward Quincey Moman led the Rangers last week with 22 points at Lewis and 21 points at SIUE. For the season, Moman leads the squad with 15.6 ppg and has led the team in scoring in seven straight contests.
Moman is followed by senior guard/forward Brian Maastricht and freshman guard Gareth Malkowski with 10.7 ppg each.
The Eagles enter Saturday's contest with a 14-5 series lead and have the last seven in Kenosha. The team split the season series in 2001-02, each winning on the road.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information