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February 17, 2003

USI men’s basketball goes for 20 wins this week at the PAC

The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team will use its final homestand of the regular season to make what is considered the first step toward the NCAA Division II Tournament – reach 20 victories. USI, which enters the week with an 18-5 overall record and a 12-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference mark, will host the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday, February 20, and 18th-ranked Lewis University Saturday, February 22.

If USI can reach the 20-win mark with a sweep this week, it will mark the 11th straight year that the Screaming Eagles have won 20 or more games in a season. A sweep also would mark the 11th straight year that the Eagles have won at least 14 conference games in a season.

The Eagles, who are 11-1 in their last 12 games, are coming off their first sweep of the Northern Kentucky University-University of Indianapolis road trip since 1992-93. The Eagles came from behind to get both victories, winning 87-85 in overtime at Northern Kentucky and 78-63 at Indianapolis.

USI had four players average in double figures last week, led by senior forward Diond’re Givens (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) with 17.5 ppg. He was followed by sophomore forward Dennis Coutee (Jeffersonville, Indiana) with 17.0 ppg. Sophomore guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) recorded 13.5 ppg, while junior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) posted a double-double for the week with 11.0 ppg and 11.5 rpg.

For the season, Givens leads the Eagles with 15.7 ppg, while Brunson is second with 13.5 ppg. Harris is third on the team in scoring with 12.6 ppg and a team-high 7.7 rpg. Coutee, who posted a season-best 27 points, moved back into double-figure scoring with 10.4 ppg.

First up for the Eagles this week will be the Rangers of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Rangers are 13-10 overall and 9-4 overall and on a three-game winning streak after defeating Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 73-59, and Quincy University, 70-50, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Senior guard/forward Quincy Moman leads the Rangers with a 15.9 ppg. Senior guard/forward Brian Maastricht, who leads UWP with 5.8 rpg, is second on the team in scoring with 10.9 ppg.

USI won the first match-up of the year with UWP, 80-72, in Kenosha. The Eagles had five players score in double-digits, led by the 17 point performance of senior guard/forward Alan Goff (Terre Haute, Indiana). The Rangers were led by Moman with 24 points.

Overall, USI leads the series with UWP, 15-5, but the Rangers won the last season’s game at the PAC. Thursday’s match-up also will feature the USI with the GLVC’s second ranked offense against UWP with the GLVC’s top ranked defense.

The Eagles finish the 2002-03 home schedule with Senior Day versus 18th-ranked Lewis on Saturday. Seniors Givens, Goff, and guard David Ragland (Evansville, Indiana) will be honored prior to the 3:15 p.m. game.

The Flyers enter the week tied with USI for third in the GLVC with a 19-4 overall record, 12-4 GLVC. Lewis, who will play at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday before coming to Evansville, has won four in a row and eight of its last nine.

Last week, the Flyers defeated Saint Joseph’s College, 78-66, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 89-70, in Romeoville, Illinois.

The Flyers are led by junior forward Monta McGhee with 17.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg. McGhee is followed by four players averaging near 10 points a game—junior center Austin Real, 10.8 ppg senior guard Stan Strong, 10.8 ppg junior guard/forward Demitrius Hunter, 10.1 ppg and junior center Sydney Holmes, 10.6 ppg. Holmes leads the Flyers with 9.1 rpg, while McGhee is second with 8.3 rpg.

Lewis won the first meeting of the year, 76-69, in Romeoville. USI was led by the 17 points of Givens, while Lewis’ Strong had a game-high 25 points. Despite the January loss, USI leads the series, 26-19, and has won the la

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