December 05, 2006
USI visits hostile gyms for the first time this week
Screaming Eagles remain No. 2 nationally
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team plays its first road games of the year this week when it travels to Saint Joseph's College December 7 and the University of Indianapolis December 9. Tip-off Thursday in Rensselaer, Indiana, is 7:30 p.m., while start time in Indianapolis is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CST).
The Screaming Eagles (8-0, 1-0 GLVC) have had a perfect start to the season, sweeping three games at the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic and a five-game homestand. USI concluded the homestand by retaining control of the "Battle for the Bridge" trophy by defeating Kentucky Wesleyan College, 84-69, to start GLVC action in 2006-07.
In the latest NABC Division II Top 25, USI remained ranked second nationally. The GLVC also was represented by Quincy University, which dropped to No. 25..
The Eagles have won their first eight games by an average margin of 28.7 points per game (ppg) and are led by senior guard Melvin Hall's (Evansville, Indiana) 18.4 ppg. Hall is followed in the scoring column by senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida), who is dropping in 14.6 ppg.
USI is led on the boards by senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) with 7.4 rebounds per game (rpg) and Sullivan with 5.9 rpg.
Eagles' senior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) led the team in the homestand-ending victory over KWC with 17 points. His five three-pointers pulled Van Winkle to within five of the USI career-record of 237 held by Cris Brunson (2001-05).
The Pumas (4-1, 1-0 GLVC) of SJC also started the GLVC schedule with a victory, defeating the University of Missouri-Rolla, 80-73, last week. SJC's game at the University of Missouri-St. Louis was cancelled due to power outages in the St. Louis area.
The Pumas started the year by losing at No.1-ranked Winona State University, but has won its last three. Junior guard/forwards Devin Thomas and Ronald Coleman lead the squad with 16.5 ppg and 15.5 ppg, respectively.
USI leads the all-time series with SJC, 41-19, and was 2-1 against the Pumas last season. The Eagles won at the Physical Activities Center, 98-67, lost in the GLVC Tournament at Roberts Stadium, 80-71, and rebounded to win in Rensselaer, Indiana, in the NCAA Division II Tournament, 81-78.
The Greyhounds (1-2, 0-1 GLVC) of Indianapolis have lost their last two after starting the year with a victory. Indianapolis became the first GLVC team to lose to UMR, 85-71, since the Miners joined the GLVC last year.
UIndy junior guard DeAndre Brock leads the Greyhounds through three games with 17.3 ppg.
USI won the only game between the two schools last season at the PAC, 95-70, and leads the all-time series, 43-14. The Eagles have won the last four games against the Greyhounds.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 5, 2006)
1. Winona State, Minn. (8) 5-0
2. Southern Indiana 8-0
3. Tarleton State, Texas 4-0
4. Clayton State 3-0
5. Central Missouri 5-0
6. Seattle Pacific 4-1
7. Bentley 7-0
8. Virginia Union 2-0
9. Minnesota State 7-1
10. Grand Valley State 5-1
11. Barton 5-1
12. Montevallo 6-2
13. Findlay 4-1
14. Pfeiffer 6-0
15. Fort Hays State 5-1
16. Metropolitan State 4-0
17. Rollins 4-2
18. Seattle 5-1
19. Brigham Young-Hawaii 6-1
20. Northwest Missouri State 5-1
21. Bloomsburg 6-0
22. Christian Brothers 6-1
23. Wingate 5-1
24. Texas A&M-Kingsville 6-0
25. Quincy 6-1
Others receiving votes: Humboldt State (Calif.) 18, Eckerd (Fla.) 12, Hillsdale (Mich.) 12, St. Michael's (Vt.) 10, South Dakota 7, Southeastern Oklahoma State 7, Cal Poly Pomona 6, Emporia State (Kan.) 6, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 5, Harding (Ark.) 5, Queens (N.C.) 4, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 4, Miles (Ala.) 3, Southern Illinois Edwardsville 3, Ashland (Ohio) 2, Missouri Western 2, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 2, Augustana (