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December 07, 2004

USI menís basketball returns home to play UMSL Wednesday
Eagles fall to 15th in national poll

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EVANSVILLE, Ind.The 15th-ranked University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team will look to get back on track by returning to the friendly surroundings of the Physical Activities Center to play the University of Missouri-St. Louis Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. USI has won its last 12 at the PAC.

The Screaming Eagles (4-2, 3-1 GLVC) hope to bounce back from their first conference loss of the year on Saturday, a 75-70 setback to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday. Junior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) led the way with his second double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Last week had started well for the Eagles when they broke a two-game losing streak to Lewis University by defeating the Flyers, 78-74, in Romeoville, Illinois. Senior center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) led the way with a season-best 26 points for USI.

For the season, USI is led by Holbrook, 14.6 ppg, and Thompson, 13.2 ppg and 10.5 rpg. Holbrookís 14.6 ppg is tied for eighth in the GLVC, while Thompsonís 10.5 rpg ranks second in the conference.

USIís only game this week is against UMSL (2-5, 1-3 GLVC), which broke a three-game losing streak with a 71-67 victory over Quincy University Saturday evening. The Rivermen were led by junior forward Aaron Green, who had 20 points in 29 minutes of action against Quincy.

Green is second on the team with 13.1 ppg after seven games, while junior guard Jonathan Griffin leads the team with 15.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg.

USI leads the all-time series, 18-10, and has won eight of the last nine meetings since 2000. The Eagles swept the Rivermen last year, winning on the road, 85-80, and at home, 117-78.

NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll
(Monday, December 6, 2004 Regular season poll #2)

The weekly poll is being conducted by eight members of the NABC Division II Congress, one representing each of the eight NCAA Division II regions.

†1. Virginia Union (8)
†2. Rollins
†3. Montevallo
T4. Metropolitan State
T4. Western Washington
†6. Minnesota State-Mankato
†7. Southwestern Oklahoma State
†8. Philadelphia
†9. Washburn
10. Kennesaw State
11. Salem International
12. Bowie State
13. Findlay
14. Brigham Young-Hawaii
15. Southern Indiana
16. Valdosta State
17. Barry
18. Michigan Tech
19. Emporia State
20. Saint Anselm
21. Nebraska-Omaha
22. Kutztown
23. Central Arkansas
T24. Bentley
T24. Cal State-San Bernardino

Others receiving votes: Northwest Missouri State 25, Pfeiffer 20, Alaska-Fairbanks 13, Northern Kentucky 5, Charleston 2, Indiana (Pa.) 2, South Dakota 1, West Georgia 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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