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November 16, 2002

USI menís basketball concludes exhibition schedule 2-0

Screaming Eagles defeat Akron Wingfoots, 117-72

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team concluded the exhibition schedule with a 2-0 record after defeating Akron Wingfoots, 117-72, Saturday evening at the Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles will open the 2002-03 regular season Saturday, November 23, against Wilberforce University in a 7:30 p.m. match-up at the PAC.

The Eagles used a 12-0 run to build a ten-point lead in the opening minutes of the contest and never looked back. USI led by as many as 31 points twice in the first half and settled for a 29 point halftime lead of 59-30. The second half saw the Eagles continue to build its lead, boosting it to game best 45 points at the end of the contest a 117-72.

USI was led by sophomore guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) who had 19 points. Junior center Ronald Roundtree (Philadelphia) and sophomore forward Dennis Coutee (Jeffersonville, Indiana) followed Brunson with 18 points each off the bench, while senior forward Diondíre Givens (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) added 17 points.

Eaglesí junior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) had a monster night with 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Harris was joined in double figure rebounding by junior forward Clarence Chillers(Chicago, Illinois) with 11 boards.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information
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