November 29, 2008
USI holds on to upset #3 Florida Southern, 89-88
Southern Indiana (7-2) 89, #3 Florida Southern (6-3) 88
– The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team concluded a six-game homestand and the Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament with an exciting upset of third-ranked Florida Southern College, 89-88, Saturday evening at the Physical Activities Center. USI raises its record to 7-2 and a perfect 6-0 during the homestand, while Florida Southern falls to 6-3 this season.
The contest began with each team trying to take control of the ballgame. The Screaming Eagles had the advantage early with a 7-2 lead before the Moccasins came back to take a pair of six point leads midway through the opening half. The Eagles retook the lead by the intermission, 42-37, on the strength of a 16-5 run.
USI burst out of the locker room in the second half with a 19-5 run to take a 61-46 advantage with 14:03 to play. The 15-point margin was the largest lead of the night for the Eagles.
Florida Southern mounted a comeback with a 9-0 run to cut the USI margin to three-points , 61-58. The Eagles re-extended their lead to 13 points, 76-63, with 5:35 left before the pesky Moccasins tried to mount another comeback.
The Moccasins pulled to within two at 85-83 with 15 seconds left, but USI sophomore guard Kevin Gant
(Indianapolis, Indiana) and junior guard Marvin Gray
(Bahamas) sealed the victory with a perfect four-of-four from the charity stripe.
Trailing 89-85, Florida Southern's guard Brandon Jenkins sank a three-pointer to pull the Moccasins back to within a point before USI ran out the clock for the 89-88 victory.
USI had three players score in double figures, led by Gray's 26-point performance. Gray, who kept the Eagles in the game during the first half by scoring 20 of his season-best 26 in the opening 20 minutes, was 11-of-13 from the field with two field goals from beyond the three-point arc.
Senior forward Anthony Pimble
(Bronx, New York) followed Gray in the scoring column with 14 points, while senior guard Kenny Love
(South Bend, Indiana) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13 points. Pimble also tied for the team lead on the boards with junior forward Brandon Carr
(Baltimore, Maryland) with seven rebounds each.
The next action for the Eagles will be on the road when they open GLVC play at Lewis University on December 4 and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on December 6. USI returns to the friendly surroundings of the PAC on December 13 when it hosts Temple Baptist College and start a second six-game homestand.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information