February 08, 2005
USI hopes for perfect finish to home schedule
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 16th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team hopes to remain perfect at the Physical Activities Center when it concludes the 2004-05 home schedule this week. The Screaming Eagles (17-4, 12-2 GLVC) host the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Lewis University Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
The Eagles, who are 12-0 at the PAC this year, have won 21 straight at the PAC. USI also has won its last seven overall and 12 of the last 13 games.
After last week’s road sweep of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Indianapolis, the Eagles are in sole possession of first place in the GLVC for the first time this season. The squad has a game lead over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and currently has the tie-breaker after sweeping the season series with third-place Indianapolis.
USI was led last week by the GLVC Player of the Week, freshman guard Carl Richburg (Mason, Ohio). Richburg averaged 19.0 ppg and sank 17 straight free throws in the two victories.
For the season, USI is led by senior forward/center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri). Holbrook, who was the Division II Bulletin Player of the Month in January, leads the Eagles with 15.8 ppg. He is followed by junior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), who is dropping in 12.5 ppg, and Richburg, whose average has risen to 10.6 ppg.
The Eagles will start the final homestand by hosting the UWP Rangers. UWP (5-15, 4-11 GLVC) has lost its last four and seven of the last eight. Ranger junior guard Gareth Malkowski leads team with 17.0 ppg, while freshman guard Tyrone Deacon is second with 13.8 ppg.
USI leads the all-time series with the Rangers, 19-5, and have won eight of the last nine. The Eagles won the first meeting of the year, 62-58, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Flyers of Lewis (9-12, 4-10 GLVC), who play at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday evening before traveling to Evansville, have won three of their last four games. Lewis swept Saint Joseph’s College and SIUE at home last weekend.
Senior guard Anthony Scala leads the Flyers with 14.8 ppg, while senior guard/forward Steve Turner is second on the team with 11.6 ppg.
USI leads the all-time series with Lewis, 29-21, and has won six of the last 10 games since 2000. The Eagles won the first meeting of the year in Romeoville, Illinois, 78-74.
NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll
(Tuesday, February 8, 2005 Regular season poll #10)
Team                     Record Points
1. Bentley (5)               23-2   196
2. Findlay (3)               19-2   195
3. Metropolitan State        18-2   179
4. Minnesota State-Mankato   19-3   162
5. Texas A&M-Commerce        18-3   160
6. Virginia Union            18-2   149
7. West Georgia              18-3   138
8. Bowie State               17-3   125
9. Kennesaw State            17-3   122
10. Central Missouri State    17-4   121