February 19, 2009
USI back on track with road win
#20 Southern Indiana (21-5, 10-3 GLVC): 81; Missouri-St. Louis (13-12, 5-9 GLVC) 54
ST. LOUIS, Mo.
–The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team got back on the winning track with an 81-54 over the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday night in St. Louis, Missouri. USI raises its record to 22-5 overall and 11-3 in the GLVC, while UMSL falls to 13-12, 5-9 GLVC.
With the victory, USI remains a half-game behind West Division leading Rockhurst University. The Screaming Eagles will finish the regular season a week from Saturday at Rockhurst, who defeated Drury University, 94-81, tonight.
The Eagles took control of the game late in the first half when they used a 15-2 run to build a 47-35 lead at the intermission. USI, which had a pair seven-point leads early, was a blistering 73.1 percent from the field (19-26) in the opening 20 minutes.
USI junior guard Jamar Smith
(Peoria, Illinois), who had eight points during the end of the half run, led the Eagles in the opening half with 16 of his game-high 21 points. Junior forward Brandon Russ
(Cincinnati, Ohio) also reached double-digits in the first half with 10 of his 16 points in the game.
Smith was seven-of-11 from the field for the game and had five three-point field goals. The five long-range bombs marked the sixth time this year that Smith has had at least five three-point field goals in a contest.
The Eagles put the game away in the second half by outscoring the Tritons, 34-19, and leading by as many as 28 points, 75-47. USI junior forward Brandon Carr
(Baltimore, Maryland) and sophomore guard Kevin Gant
(Indianapolis, Indiana) led the Eagles during the second half run with eight points each.
In addition to dominating the scoreboard, the Eagles controlled the boards by outrebounding the Tritons, 36-17. Carr was USI's top rebounder with a game-high eight boards, while junior forward Isaac Stoll
(Washington, Indiana) was second on the squad by clearing the glass six times.
In addition to Smith and Russ, two more Eagles reach double figures in the scoring column. USI junior forward Tyrone Bradshaw
(Cincinnati, Ohio) reached double-figures for the sixth time in seven games with 12 points, while Carr rounded out double-figure scorers with 10 points.
The Eagles return to the Physical Activities Center Saturday afternoon for Senior Day when they host Missouri University of Science and Technology, who fell to 8-16 and 3-11 GLVC after losing to Quincy University, 88-73. USI will honor senior forward Anthony Pimble
(Bronx, New York) prior to the 3:15 p.m. game.
NOTE: The USI women's basketball team is encouraging fans to wear pink for its "Pack the PAC in Pink" game on Saturday versus Missouri S&T. The Eagles will be wearing pink uniforms for its "Pink Zone" game in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information