December 19, 2006
Eagles go on the road for regional challenge
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team takes to the road to play in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge December 20-21 in Detroit, Michigan. The Screaming Eagles will play host Wayne State University at 6:30 p.m. (CST) Wednesday and Ferris State University at 4:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday.
USI enters the important regional contests back on track after defeating Glenville State College, 108-80, Sunday at the Physical Activities Center. Senior forward/center Keith Christmas (Gary, Indiana) and senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) led the way in the victory with 20 points each.
For the season, USI is led by Hall with 17.5 points per game (ppg) and senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) with 14.3 ppg. Sullivan posted his second double-double in the win over Glenville State with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Wayne State (4-4) has won four of its last five games since starting the year 0-3. USI handed Wayne State its season-opening loss at the PAC, 81-64, in November. USI was led in the victory by Hall's 18 points and Sullivan's 17 points.
The Warriors are led in 2006-07 by senior guard Kris Krzyminski, who is averaging 26.6 ppg, and senor guard Joe Carr, who is dropping in 11.8 ppg.
After the November victory, USI leads the all-time series with Wayne State, 5-0.
Ferris State (3-4) comes into the challenge after losing its last two games. The Bulldogs are led by senior forward Terrence Shaw, who is averaging 13.3 ppg, and senior guard Julius Vines, who is scoring at a 12.0 ppg pace.
USI leads the all-time series with Ferris State, 6-2, but the Bulldogs have won two of the last three meetings. The Eagles defeated the Bulldogs, 88-81, last season.
The Eagles have played well against the GLIAC teams since 2000, posting a 12-2 mark against the teams from the northern half of the Great Lakes Region.
Following the games at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge, the Eagles will conclude 2006 by hosting Harris-Stowe State University at the PAC December 30. Game time is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
In the national rankings, USI rose to fifth nationally in the NABC Division II Top 25 and have been ranked in the last 24 polls. Quincy University, the only other GLVC team in the top 25, fell to 20th. The next poll will not be released until January 2.
NABC Division II Top 25
1. Winona State, Minn. (8) 8-0
2. Clayton State, Ga. 7-0
3. Central Missouri 9-0
4. Bentley, Mass. 11-0
5. Southern Indiana 10-1
6. Minnesota State 12-1
7. Virginia Union 5-0
8. Findlay, Ohio 8-1
9. Tarleton State, Texas 7-1
10. Montevallo, Ala. 8-2
11. Pfeiffer, N.C. 7-0
12. Northwest Missouri State 7-1
13. Seattle, Wash. 7-1
14. Grand Valley State, Mich. 7-2
15. Southeastern Oklahoma State 8-0
16. Wingate, N.C. 7-1
17. Metropolitan State, Colo. 7-1
18. Emporia State, Kan. 9-0
19. Brigham Young-Hawaii 6-2
20. Quincy, Ill. 9-2
21. Barton, N.C. 5-2
22. Cal Poly Pomona 4-1
23. Bloomsburg, Pa. 6-1
24. Cal State-San Bernardino 4-2
25. Rollins, Fla. 5-3
Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State (Minn.) 11, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 9, Philadelphia (Pa.) 6, Hillsdale (Mich.) 5, Drury (Mo.) 3, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 3, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 2, Millersville (Pa.) 2, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 2, Southwestern Oklahoma State 2, Delta State (Miss.) 1, Eckerd (Fla.) 1, Georgia College & State 1, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 1, West Virginia State 1.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information