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February 02, 2008

USI survives late run by Rockhurst in victory
Schnitker scores game-winner with 16 seconds left

Southern Indiana 61, Rockhurst 60

Tyson
Schnitker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team survived a second half comeback attempt by Rockhurst University to win 61-60 Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. USI breaks its three-game road losing streak and raises its record to 11-8 overall and 5-6 in the GLVC, while Rockhurst falls to 7-12 overall, 3-8 GLVC.

USI senior guard Tyson Schnitker (Robinson, Illinois) scored the game winning layup with 16 seconds remaining after Rockhurst had wiped out a 13-point Screaming Eagle lead. The 46-33 USI advantage came with 11:40 left in the second half.

Rockhurst started chipping away at the USI lead by hitting eight of its next 11 field goal attempts, including five of six from three-point range, and four of six from the line. The 25-11 run gave the Hawks its first lead, 58-57 with 1:52 remaining. The Eagles would bounce back to take a 59-58 lead on a layup by senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 1:34 to play.

Norman
Plummer

The Hawks would take just their second lead of the game, 60-59, with 1:12 to play, setting stage for Schnitker and the Eagles. Schnitker finished the contest with seven points.

In the first half, USI was in control early and built a 19-9 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Eagles saw the margin shrink to two points, 23-21, before going into the locker run with a 25-23 advantage at the intermission.

Overall, USI had its best overall shooting performance in five games. The squad shot 52.1 percent from the field (25-48), including a hot 68.2 percent in the second half (15-22). The Eagles also out rebounded the Hawks, 31-23.

Individually, Plummer bounced back from a four-point performance on Thursday to score a game-high 19 points. He was followed by junior forward Dexter Powell (Rome, Georgia) with 10 points and freshman forward Nick Duncheon (Montgomery, Indiana) with nine points. Powell's 10 points were a season-high, while Duncheon's nine points tied a season-best for the freshman and came on three-of-four from beyond the three-point arc.

USI returns Physical Activities Center next week for homecoming festivities and the start of a four-game homestand. The Eagles start homecoming action when the squad hosts Saint Joseph's College on February 7 and the University of Indianapolis on February 9.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information


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