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March 14, 2003

Eagles storm past Flyers in first round,
Face top-ranked Michigan Tech in Regional Semifinals

University of Southern Indiana (24-6): 82
Lewis University (23-8): 63

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team was red-hot right from the start Friday night as it stormed past Lewis University, 82-63, in the first round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament at the SDC Gym in Houghton, Michigan.

USI (24-6) shot 53.3 percent from the floor and had a 10-2 assist-to-turnover ratio in the first half as it jumped out to a 41-27 halftime advantage. Senior forward Diondíre Givens (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) dumped in 10 points in the first period to lead the Eagles.

The Eagles answered every challenge Lewis gave them in the first and second periods, holding the Flyers largest run to just six points. That happened to be the Flyersí only run that surpassed three points.

In the second half, the Eagles got even hotter, connecting on 54.5 percent of their shots and all 15 of their free throw attempts. For the game, the Eagles nailed down 20-of-21 from the line including their last 18.

Junior forward Clarence Chillers (Chicago, Illinois) continued his torrid shooting streak, connecting on 6-of-7 from the floor for a game-high 17 points. Chillers, who hit 93 percent of his shots in the GLVC Tournament last week, led five Eagles that scored in double figures. He also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds and recorded a game-high three blocked shots.

Sophomore guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) went 10-of-10 from the charity stripe and finished with 15 points while Givens, junior center Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois), and senior guard/forward Alan Goff (Terre Haute, Indiana) each added 12 points in the win.

USI will take on top-seeded and top-ranked Michigan Tech University in the semifinals Saturday in Houghton. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CT). MTU (29-2) defeated the University of Indianapolis, 90-75, earlier in the evening.

The sixth-seeded University of Findlay Oilers advanced after defeating Northern Kentucky University, 80-76, while second-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan College advanced with its 81-74 victory over Gannon University.

Dan McDonnell,
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