February 24, 2004
Eagles hope to get on track with final homestand
The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team hopes its final homestand will be just the medicine to get back on track before the GLVC and the NCAA Division II Tournaments. USI's final regular season opponents will be Saint Joseph's College Thursday, February 26, and the University of Indianapolis Saturday, February 28.
In addition to getting back on track after their 65-59 loss to Lewis University last Saturday, the Screaming Eagles will be looking to avenge January road losses to Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis. The combined margin of victory was just four points for Indianapolis (88-87) and Saint Joseph's (83-80).
After splitting last week's GLVC games, USI is two games behind Lewis in the standings and a game ahead of Kentucky Wesleyan College (17-7, 12-6 GLVC) and Indianapolis (19-6, 12-6 GLVC). USI will need a pair of wins or a win and a loss by KWC and Indianapolis to secure the number two position in the GLVC Tournament.
The Eagles fell to 17th in the NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25, while Lewis rose to 14th nationally. Indianapolis, after a win over Northern Kentucky University last Saturday, received consideration for the poll, while KWC fell out of consideration. Michigan Tech University, from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is the highest ranked team from the Great Lakes Region at number 13.
Lewis University will likely remain number one in the region, but the number two slot will be up for grabs between USI and Michigan Tech.
For the year, senior center John Oden (St. Louis, Missouri) leads four USI players averaging in double figures with 12.5 ppg. Senior guard Joe Gordon (Palm Bay, Florida) follows Oden with 10.9 ppg, while junior center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) is dropping in 10.7 ppg and senior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) is averaging 10.4 ppg. Harris also leads the team with 6.8 rpg.
First up for the Eagles this week will be the Pumas of Saint Joseph's, who are 14-11 overall and 10-8 in the GLVC. The Pumas have won seven of their last nine since mid-January, including the three-point win over USI.
Saint Joseph's senior forward Corey Seegers leads the Pumas and ranks second in the GLVC with 19.8 ppg. Sophomore forward Derek Fey follows Seegers with 12.1 ppg and leads the Pumas with 8.4 rpg.
In the January 31 match-up in Rensselaer, Indiana, Seegers led all scorers and rebounders with 27 points and nine boards. USI was led by Oden and freshman forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) with 15 points each.
USI leads the all-time series, 36-17, and has won eight of the last 10 contests. The Eagles also have won 10 in a row against Saint Joseph's at the PAC.
The Eagles conclude the regular season by hosting Indianapolis. The Greyhounds have won three in a row after suffering through a three-game losing streak.
Indianapolis is led by junior guard David Logan, who is averaging 19.6 ppg and 3.2 assists per contest. Senior center Jason Wright follows Logan in the scoring column with 12.4 ppg and leads the Greyhounds and the GLVC with 10.2 rpg.
Senior Randy Rollins rounds out the Indianapolis double-figure scorers with 12.5 ppg.
In the January 8 match-up with Indianapolis, Logan led all- scorers with 25 points. The Eagles were led in the loss by Oden with 22 points and Holbrook with 17 points.
USI leads the all-time series, 39-14, and has won eight of the last 10. The Eagles also have won the last 20 meetings with the Greyhounds at the PAC.
The USI-Indianapolis match-up on Saturday also is Senior Day for the Eagles. Prior to the game, USI will honor its seven seniors – Oden, Gordon, Harris, forward Clarence Chillers (Chicago, Illinois), guard Avery Queen (Moreno Valley, California), guard Mike Arnold, and center Travis Farmer (Wadesville, Indian