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January 18, 2005

USI to begin homestand by hosting #5 SIUE
Screaming Eagles to play next four at the PAC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team begins a four-game homestand by hosting 5th-ranked and GLVC front-running Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Thursday at 7:30 p.m. USI finishes the first half of the homestand by hosting Quincy University Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (11-4 overall, 7-2 GLVC) will be looking for a little retribution Thursday when SIUE comes to the PAC. The Cougars won the first meeting of the season in Edwardsville, Illinois, 75-70, back on December 4. SIUE was led by senior forward Tim Bauersachs, who had a game-high 20 points, while USI was led by junior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), who had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and sophomore forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana), who also dropped in 12 points.

USI has won seven of its last nine since the loss to SIUE, including a split last week on the road. The Eagles lost 89-81 at Saint Joseph’s College after coming back from a 21-point deficit and won 62-58 over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside after trailing by 17 points twice during the first half.

Individually, USI is led by senior forward/center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) with 15.9 ppg. Thompson follows Holbrook with 13.3 ppg and a team-best 9.7 rpg, while sophomore forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) has produced 10.3 ppg.

Holbrook and freshman guard Carl Richburg (Mason, Ohio) have been the hottest offensively for USI. Holbrook is averaging 19.5 ppg and has scored in double-digits 11 times out of 14 appearances. Richburg has led the Eagles in scoring each of the last three games and has averaged 18.4 ppg and 5.4 assists per game during the last five games.

The Cougars (15-2, 8-0 GLVC) have been on a roll since starting the year 1-2, posting the nation’s longest winning streak (14). SIUE won its only game last week, defeating Quincy University, 72-63, at home. Bauersachs leads the Cougars with 12.5 ppg in 2004-05, while senior forward Joel Jaye is second with 11.3 ppg and senior center Dan Heimos is third with 10.2 ppg and a team-best 6.1 rpg.

Despite the loss in December, USI leads the all-time series against SIUE, 40-16, and has won nine of the last 10 since 2000.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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