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January 12, 2005

USI men’s basketball goes on the road in the GLVC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team will take to the road for the first time since before the holidays to play a pair of GLVC games. USI starts the road trip Thursday in Rensselaer, Indiana, to play Saint Joseph’s College at 7:30 p.m. and finishes the road trip Saturday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at 3 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (10-3, 6-1 GLVC) are riding a five-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games. USI has already started this week with a victory, defeating the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 100-72, Monday evening. The 100-point performance was the second time in three games that the Eagles have reached triple-digits.

Keys to USI’s recent winning streak is senior center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri), junior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), and freshman guard Carl Richburg (Mason, Ohio). Holbrook, the GLVC Player of the Week, has averaged 22.0 ppg in the last four games, while Thompson, who has posted 10 or more points in his last eight games, is posting 17.0 ppg and 11.5 rpg.

Holbrook and Thompson are tops on the USI squad in scoring with 16.2 ppg and 13.8 ppg, respectively. Thompson also leads the team in rebounding with 9.8 rpg.

Richburg has recorded a season-high in points each of his last three games, averaging 17.3 ppg during that span. He posted a season-best 23 points and eight assists in the win over UPJ.

The Pumas of Saint Joseph’s (7-6, 3-4 GLVC) enter Thursday’s game having lost their last three on the road. SJC lost at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 91-62, last Thursday and at Quincy University, 71-67, on Saturday.

Prior to the losing streak, the Pumas had won five of six games after losing at USI in November, 95-87. USI was led in the victory by Thompson, who had 17 points, while SJC was led by junior forward Sullivan Sykes with a game-high 41 points.

For the season, SJC is led by Sykes with 20.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Junior guard Blake Schoen follows Sykes with 12.2 ppg.

USI leads the all-time series with SJC, 37-17, and has won 10 of the last 12 since 2000.

The Eagles finish the first road trip of 2005 against the Rangers of UWP. The Rangers have split their last four games, including wins at the University of Illinois-Chicago, 79-73, and Lewis University, 79-74.

UWP junior guard Gareth Malkowski leads the Rangers with 14.3 ppg, while freshman guard Kyle Clark is posting 14.2 ppg.

USI leads the all-time series with UWP, 18-5, and has won seven of the last eight.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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