January 30, 2007
Screaming Eagles begin Homecoming week Thursday
USI starts four-game series against UMSL and UMR
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 12th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team starts a four-game set against the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Rolla in a week that also includes homecoming for the Screaming Eagles. USI begins the four-game home-and-home set by hosting UMSL Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and UMR for homecoming Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
The four-game set concludes next week when the Eagles travel to the UMSL February 8 and UMR February 10.
For the second straight time, USI (19-3, 8-3 GLVC) comes off a road trip looking to the friendly surroundings of the Physical Activities Center to get back on track. The Eagles have ended the last two road trips with overtime losses, the latest coming at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 80-75.
USI senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) and junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) led the way in the win over Lewis University and the loss to UW-Parkside with 18.0 points per game (ppg) and 16.5 ppg, respectively. Senior center Rashard Sullivan led the team on the boards with 10.5 rebounds per game (rpg).
For the season, Hall leads the Eagle scorers with 15.7 ppg. He also needs just three three-point field goals to tie the single-season record of 82 that he set last season. Hall ranks number one in the GLVC for three-point field goals made and free throw percentage.
The Rivermen (8-10, 3-7 GLVC) of UMSL come to the PAC on a three-game winning streak after winning its only GLVC contest of last week, 78-76, over UMR. UMSL's three-game winning streak came after stopping a six-game losing streak.
UMSL also features the GLVC's top scorer in senior forward Brett Ledbetter with 18.3 ppg. He is followed by senior guard Troy Slaten with 14.6 ppg.
The Miners (7-12, 2-9 GLVC) of UMR are on the opposite extreme of the Rivermen, having lost their last three games and seven of their last eight.
UMR junior guard Yamani Ball leads the Miners with 15.2 ppg, while senior forward Tyrone Davidson is second with 11.1 ppg. Davidson is UMR's top rebounder with 7.1 rpg.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 30, 2007)
1. Winona State, Minn. (8), 19-0
2. Central Missouri, 18-0
3. Bentley, Mass., 19-0
4. Minnesota State, 20-1
5. Findlay, Ohio, 18-1
6. Clayton State, Ga., 18-1
7. Grand Valley State, Mich., 18-2
8. Metropolitan State, Colo., 17-2
9. Emporia State, Kan., 17-1
10. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 16-2
11. Cal State-San Bernardino, 13-3
12. Southern Indiana, 19-3
13. Quincy, Ill., 16-4
14. Millersville, Pa., 17-2
15. Humboldt State, Calif., 14-3
16. Northwest Missouri State, 15-4
17. (tie) Cal Poly Pomona, 12-4
(tie) West Liberty State, W.Va.,16-2
19. California, Pa., 15-3
20. Virginia Union, 11-3
21. (tie) Augusta State, Ga., 16-3
(tie) Nebraska-Kearney, 15-3
23. Benedict, S.C., 15-1
24. Henderson State, Ark., 14-5
25. (tie) Bryant, R.I., 14-5
(tie) Rollins, Fla., 17-3
Others receiving votes: Delta State (Miss.) 15, South Dakota 12, Northern Kentucky 8, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 8, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 7, Virginia State 7, Montevallo (Ala.) 6, Brigham Young-Hawaii 5, Central Oklahoma 4, Pfeiffer (N.C.) 4, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 3, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 2, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 1.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information