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December 23, 2003

Southern Indiana remains No. 1 in Division II Bulletin Top 25

BEAVERTON, Ore. With two wins this past week, the University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team retained its No. 1 ranking in the NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25. The Screaming Eagles defeated University of North Alabama, 93-75, and Ferris State University, 89-62, in the Sprint Challenge at the Physical Activities Center last week to move to 10-0 on the season. The next Top 25 ranking will be Jan. 13, 2004.

USIís 10-0 record matches the paces of the 1996-97 team that started the year 13-0 and the 2000-01 team that set the school record 16-0 start.

For the season, junior center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) leads four USI players averaging in double figures with 15.0 ppg. Holbrook is followed by senior guard Joe Gordon (Palm Bay, Florida) with 13.5 ppg senior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) with 12.1 ppg and senior center John Oden (St. Louis, Missouri) with 11.7 ppg.

Harris, who is averaging 7.7 rpg, leads an Eagle team that is outrebounding its opponent 40.0 to 32.4 per game. Holbrook is one rebound a game behind Harris with 6.7 rpg, while Oden is pulling down 6.4 rpg.

The Eagles will resume action Tuesday, December 30, when they host Tusculum College in a 7:30 p.m. contest. Tusculum is 8-2 this season and has won its last six.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information
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