December 31, 2003
USI men's basketball opens GLVC action at home this week
Eagles have started the year 4-0 in the GLVC
Evansville, INThe NCAA Division II top-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team opens the 2003-04 GLVC home basketball schedule this week when they host #25 Lewis University Friday, January 2, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Sunday, January 4. Tip-off time on Friday is 7:30 p.m., while the start time on Sunday will be 3:15 p.m.
With the resumption of GLVC play, USI will be looking to continue its 10-game winning streak in conference regular season action. The streak began on February 13 of last season when the Screaming Eagles defeated Northern Kentucky University in overtime, 87-85, in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
The Screaming Eagles are off to the third best start in the program's history at 11-0 after defeating Tusculum College, 82-68, Tuesday evening at the Physical Activities Center. USI was led by senior center John Oden (St. Louis, Missouri) with 25 points and seven rebounds.
For the season, junior center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) leads four players in double figure scoring with 14.0 ppg. Oden and senior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) follow Holbrook with 13.4 ppg and 13.2 ppg, respectively. Senior guard Joe Gordon (Palm Bay, Florida) rounds out the USI leaders with 11.9 ppg.
On the boards, Harris leads USI with 7.3 rpg, while Oden is cleaning the glass at a 6.5 rpg pace.
The 25th-ranked Flyers of Lewis come to the PAC with a 10-1 record and a 4-0 GLVC mark. Lewis has won its last nine games, including the Cal-State Bakersfield Tournament before Christmas.
The Flyers, who return four starters from last season's GLVC Tournament finalist and NCAA Division II Tournament team, also have four players averaging in double figures. Leading the way is senior forward Monta McGhee, who is averaging 18.2 ppg and 8.3 rpg.
Senior center Austin Real follows McGhee with 13.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg, while senior guard Demitrius Hunter is posting 13.1 ppg. Senior center Sidney Holmes rounds out the double-digit scorers with 10.8 ppg and is second on the team with 8.2 rpg.
The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Flyers, 28-19, after taking two of the three contests last year. USI's second victory over Lewis came in the NCAA Division II Tournament in Houghton, Michigan.
USI will conclude its seven-game homestand by hosting Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday. The Rangers, who are 4-6 overall, have won their last two games after breaking a six-game losing streak that included an 0-3 start in league play.
UWP is led by senior guard Dean Pogodzinski, who is averaging 13.5 ppg. Senior forward Dom Melton follows Pogodzinski by posting 12.4 ppg.
The all-time series belongs to the Eagles at 16-5 after they swept the Rangers last season.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information