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December 24, 2002

USI menís basketball to host Lock Haven on December 29

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team resumes the 2002-03 regular season Sunday, December 29, when Lock Haven University visits the Physical Activities Center for a 1 p.m. contest. USI enters the game with a 6-3 record and are the winners of four of its last five games.

The Screaming Eagles, who resume practice Thursday, December 26, at 7:30 p.m., are coming off a 98-70 victory over Oakland City University on December 18. Senior forward Diondíre Givens (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) posted a career-high 30 points in leading four other Eagles in double figures.

Givens was followed by junior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois), who posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) added 15 points and sophomore forward Dennis Coutee (Jeffersonville, Indiana) dropped in 12 points.

The Eagles enter the Sunday afternoon match-up defending the Division IIís third-longest home-winning streak of 18 games. The Lock Haven game also will be the final non-conference match-up before USI enters a stretch of nine straight in Great Lakes Valley Conference, seven of which will be at the PAC.

The Bald Eagles of Lock Haven come to Evansville with a 1-5 record and will be hoping to break a four-game losing streak. Lock Haven lost its final game before the break, falling at home to Cheyney University 84-55.

For the season, Lock Haven is led by senior guard/forward George Bailey. Bailey, who has led the Eagles in scoring four times in six games, is averaging a team-best 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. He is joined in double figure scoring by senior guard Kevin DeVan and senior guard Kris Holtzer, who are averaging 11.8 points each.

This will be the first time in the history of both programs that these two will meet on the basketball court. USI enters the match-up wanting to extend its success against non-conference opponents. The Screaming Eagles are 81-10 (.890) against non-GLVC oppon ents since 1992-93.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Informatiion

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