December 28, 2004
USI begins four-game homestand New Year’s Eve
Eagles will play eight next 10 at the PAC
Game Notes for January 31
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The 19th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team ends 2004 and starts 2005 with a four-game homestand at the Physical Activities Center between December 31 and January 10. The homestand begins on New Year’s Eve when USI hosts Anderson College (South Carolina) for a 3 p.m. game.
The Screaming Eagles are 4-0 at home this season and have won their last 13 in the friendly surroundings of the PAC.
Following Friday’s contest, the Eagles (6-3) resume GLVC action by hosting Bellarmine University on January 6 and Northern Kentucky on January 8. The homestand concludes with a visit to the PAC by the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown on January 10 for a non-conference showdown.
The Eagles split their last two games before the holiday break, playing in the Lions Club Holiday Classic in Big Rapids, Michigan, and hosted by hosted by Ferris State University. USI dropped its classic opener to the host Bulldogs, 93-82, but bounced back to defeat Wayne State University, 72-60.
USI was led on the road trip by sophomore forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana). Van Winkle averaged 18.0 ppg in the two games, including a career-high 25 point effort against Ferris State. He has had the hot hand over the last five games, leading the Eagles with 14.4 ppg and 16 three-point field goals.
For the season, senior center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) leads the team with 13.3 ppg. Junior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) follows Holbrook with 12.4 ppg and a team-best 9.1 rpg. Van Winkle rounds out the double-figure scorers with 11.0 ppg.
The Eagles will be playing Anderson for the first time Friday. The Trojans (3-3) started the year with a victory, but lost three in a row before winning their last two. Prior to the holiday break, Anderson defeated Coker College, 69-64, and Claflin College, 51-50.
Anderson junior center Randy Javois, who measures in at 6’6” and 325 pounds, leads the Trojans with 10.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg. He is followed by senior forward Osvaldo Haynes, who is averaging 9.3 ppg and a team-best 8.5 rpg.
USI enters Friday’s game with a 2-2 record against non-conference opponents this year.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information