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December 17, 2002

USI to host Oakland City Wednesday evening

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team will put its 17-game home winning streak on the line Wednesday, December 18, when Oakland City University comes to the Physical Activities Center for a 7:30 p.m. contest. USI is 5-3 after a 1-1 weekend at the High Desert Classic, while OCU is 2-4.

USIís 17-game home winning streak ranks third nationally in the NCAA Division II.

In the High Desert Classic, USI was led in the 81-72 victory over Western Washington University and the 92-84 loss to Washburn University by senior forward Diondíre Givens (Mt. Vernon, Indiana). Givens posted an 18.5 points-per-game average, hitting 50 percent from the field (15-30) and 85.7 percent from the line (6-7).

Sophomore guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) and senior guard David Ragland (Evansville, Indiana) followed Givens with 17.5 points and 13.5 points per game, respectively. Junior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Indiana) led USI with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

For the season, Givens leads the Eagles with 17.3 points per game, while Harris is USIís top rebounder with 6.9 per game.

The Mighty Oaks enter Wednesdayís match up after losing to the University of Indianapolis, 92-81, at home on Saturday. Oakland City was led in the loss by junior forward Alexious Osumenyua with 22 points.

This season, junior guard Clint Weddle leads Oakland City with 15.3 points per game. He is followed by Osumenyua with 13.5 points per contest.

The Eagles lead the series with the Mighty Oaks, 30-10, and have won the last eight games. USI also has won the last 24 games between the two institutions at the PAC.

Roundtree dismissed from USI basketball team

USI menís basketball head coach Rick Herdes has dismissed junior center Ronald Roundtree (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) from the squad for violations of team rules. Roundtree, who has started five of his eight games with the Eagles, is averaging 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

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