January 09, 2007
Screaming Eagles return to road in GLVC
USI-Quincy will be match-up of top 10 teams
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 5th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team returns to the road in the GLVC this week when it travels to West Division foes Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Quincy University Saturday at 3:15 p.m. USI, SIUE, and Quincy, along with Drury University, tied for the GLVC West Division Championship last season.
The Screaming Eagles (15-1, 4-1 GLVC) are flying high on a six-game winning streak after completing a three-game homestand sweep last week. USI started 2007 with a pair of GLVC wins, defeating Rockhurst University, 79-64, and 24th-ranked Drury, 89-70.
The Eagles have been dominating since dropping a one-point contest on the road to the University of Indianapolis in December. USI won the last six games by an average of 20.9 points per game (ppg) and four of the six wins have come against Great Lakes Region teams.
USI has been led during the winning streak by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) and junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana). Hall is posting 15.3 ppg and is averaging four three-point field goals per game, while Page is scoring at a 12.0 ppg and is dishing out 4.5 assists per contest.
For the season, Hall leads the Eagles with 16.6 ppg and leads the GLVC with four long-range field goals per game. He is followed by senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida), who is scoring 13.2 ppg, while senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) is USI's leading rebounder with 7.3 per game.
USI goes on this road trip looking for payback after being swept on the SIUE-Quincy road swing last February. This is especially true for SIUE, which took three games from the Eagles last season. Two of the losses to SIUE were in overtime, including the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional championship.
The Cougars (9-4, 5-1 GLVC) of SIUE start this week's action on a three-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven contests. SIUE also is the GLVC's top defensive team, holding its opponents to 59.1 ppg. Senior forward Mike Hardiek leads the team with 15.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg.
USI leads the series, 41-19, but SIUE has won four of the last five meetings.
The 10th-ranked Hawks (12-2, 5-1 GLVC) of Quincy also start this week's action on a three-game winning streak and have won six of the last seven games. Quincy hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday evening before hosting USI. Junior guard Andre Muse leads the Hawks with 16.9 ppg.
USI leads the all-time series with Quincy, 19-5, and has won 14 of the last 15 meetings.
NABC Division II Top 25
1. Winona State, Minn. (8), 13-0
2. Clayton State, Ga., 13-0
3. Central Missouri, 13-0
4. Bentley, Mass., 14-0
5. Southern Indiana, 15-1
6. Minnesota State, 16-1
7. Findlay, Ohio, 12-1
8. Emporia State, Kan., 13-0
9. Grand Valley State, Mich., 12-2
10. Quincy, Ill., 12-2
11. Northwest Missouri State, 11-2
12. Metropolitan State, Colo., 11-2
13. Pfeiffer, N.C., 9-1
14. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 11-1
15. Cal State-San Bernardino,8-2
16. Millersville, Pa., 12-1
17. Christian Brothers, Tenn., 12-2
18. Virginia Union, 5-1
19. Cal Poly Pomona, 8-2
20. Armstrong Atlantic State, Ga., 11-2
21. Tarleton State, Texas, 9-3
22. Delta State, Miss., 11-2
23. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 12-1
24. Humboldt State, Calif., 9-2
25. Saint Rose, N.Y., 12-3
Others receiving votes: Alaska-Anchorage 7, Southwestern Oklahoma State 6, Seattle (Wash.) 6, Hillsdale (Mich.) 5, Nebraska-Kearney 5, Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 4, Virginia State 4, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 3, Valdosta State (Ga.) 3, Philadelphia (Pa.) 2, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 1, Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.)
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information