January 08, 2008
USI returns home for homestand against the East
Eagles host UWP and Lewis this weeked
Men's Basketball Game Notes
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team returns to the friendly surroundings of the Physical Activities Center this week to play a pair of teams from the GLVC East Division. The Screaming Eagles host the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Lewis University Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
The Eagles (9-2, 3-0 GLVC) have been soaring high, reeling off a season-best seven straight wins. USI extended the winning streak last week with a road trip sweep of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 67-44, and Missouri University of Science and Technology, 73-56.
The victories also allowed USI to maintain pace in the conference with Drury University, the only other undefeated team in GLVC play. Drury leads USI by a half-game in the West Division with a 4-0 record in league play.
USI senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Eagles on the road trip with 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the two games. He also had a trip-best 22 points in the win over Missouri S&T.
Plummer also is the USI season-leader with 20.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is followed by junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) and sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) with 14.2 points and 11.7 points per game, respectively.
The Rangers of UWP (8-4, 1-3) are off to a slow start in the GLVC, losing three of four contests. UWP posted its first league win of the year in its last game, defeating Saint Joseph's College, 81-67, at home.
UWP junior forward LaVontay Fenderson is the Rangers' top scorer with 16.3 points per game.
USI leads the all-time series, 21-6, and has won 10 of the last 12 meetings. UWP won the only game between the two teams in overtime last year, 85-80, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Flyers of Lewis (10-2, 3-1 GLVC) are flying high and are in a three-way tie for first in the East Division. Lewis started conference action in December with a loss to Drury, but has since won three conference games in a row. The Flyers, who play Kentucky Wesleyan College on Thursday before coming to the PAC, also have won four straight overall and seven of their last eight.
Lewis is led by junior forward Jason Genova, who is dropping in 19.6 points per game, and senior forward Stephan Bolt, who is posting 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
USI leads the all-time series with Lewis, 32-21, after defeating the Flyers twice last season. The Eagles also have won the last four against the Flyers.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information