March 03, 2007
#14 USI to play for GLVC Tournament championship
Eagles look for second title in three years
#14 Southern Indiana (27-5): 76
Quincy (20-9): 57
EVANSVILLE, Ind.— The 14th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will play for the GLVC Tournament championship for the second time in three years after defeating Quincy University, 76-57, Saturday afternoon at Roberts Stadium. USI, the top seed from the West Division, raises its record to 27-5 overall, while Quincy, the third seed from the West, falls to 20-9.
The championship game appearance will be the sixth for the Screaming Eagles since the tournament was created in 1998.
The first 10 minutes of the first half was close with five lead changes and four ties. The Eagles broke the final tie with a 12-0 run to take a 25-13 lead with 6:11 left in the opening half. USI senior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) led run with a pair of three-point field goals.
The 12-point margin would be the largest lead of the first half by the Eagles, who would take a 36-27 advantage into the intermission.
Quincy would cut into the USI lead in the opening minutes of the second half, getting to within six points on two occasions. The Eagles weathered both runs and would extend the lead to as many as 19 points twice, including the 76-57 final.
USI had five players score in double figures, led by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) with 19 points. Hall was followed by junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Van Winkle with 14 points and 12 points, respectively.
Eagles' senior forward Nick Brook (Robinson, Illinois) made the most of his first start of the year by dropping 11 points, while junior guard Kenny Love (South Bend, Indiana) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
The Hawks were led by senior center Joe Box, who had a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard/forward Andre Muse with 11 points.
The Eagles will play Norse of Northern Kentucky University in the GLVC Tournament championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. NKU, who is 22-7 this year and is the top seed from the East Division, defeated Drury University, 69-62, in Saturday's opening game.
The Eagles defeated the Norse in their only meeting of the regular season, 83-71, at the USI Physical Activities Center back in January. USI was led in the victory by senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida), who had a game-high 19 points. NKU was led in the loss by 15-point performance of sophomore guard Billy Finnell.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information