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February 15, 2005

USI looks to clinch GLVC regular season crown

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– The ninth-ranked University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team goes on the road for its final four games hoping to sow up a share of GLVC’s regular season crown and the number one seeding in the conference tournament. USI starts its final four on the road at Quincy University Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles’ magic number is three – any combination of three USI victories or Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Indianapolis losses—to clinch the GLVC regular season title outright. SIUE hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday and Bellarmine on Saturday, while Indianapolis goes on the road to play Saint Joseph’s College Thursday and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday.

USI, which climbed from 16th to ninth in the latest NABC Division II Top 25, hits the road with a nine-game winning streak and has won 14 of its last 15 games since the end of December. The nine-game streak is the longest of the year.

The Eagles (19-4, 14-2 GLVC) concluded a perfect regular season home schedule with an 88-64 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and an 89-54 win over Lewis University. Senior forward/center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) led the way averaging 18.5 ppg and shooting 81.3 percent from the field during the final homestand.

For the season, Holbrook leads five USI players in double-doubles with 16.0 ppg. Junior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) is second on the team with 12.4 ppg and a team-best 9.7 rpg, while senior guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) has climbed the scoring column the last few weeks to average 10.4 ppg. Freshman guard Carl Richburg (Mason, Ohio) and sophomore forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) round out the double-figure scorers with 10.1 ppg and 10.0 ppg, respectively.

The Hawks of Quincy University (15-8, 11-5 GLVC) have won five of its last six, including a win at home over SIUE. Quincy’s senior center Phil Gettinger leads the way with 16.4 ppg, while junior forward Jordan Roth is second with 13.1 ppg and a team-best 10.0 rpg.

The Eagles won the first meeting of the year, 89-59, at the Physical Activities Center. USI’s Holbrook led all scorers with 25 points, while Quincy’s junior guard Bryan Feldner dropped in 13 points.

USI leads the all-time series, 17-4, and has won the last 10 dating back to the 1998-99 season.

The Rivermen of UMSL (7-16, 4-13 GLVC) are on an opposite trend from Quincy, losing five of their last six games. UMSL is led by junior guard Jonathan Griffin with 18.3 ppg and 5.9 rpg, while junior forward Aaron Green is second with 14.0 ppg.

The Eagles won the first meeting of the year, 83-63, at the PAC in the first week of December. USI junior guard David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky) and Van Winkle led the Eagles with 14 points each, while UMSL’s Green led all scorers with 26 points.

USI leads the all-time series, 19-10, and has won nine of the last 10 games against the Rivermen.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (February 15, 2005)
                                            Record Points     Pvs
1.      Findlay, Ohio (7)                     21-2   199        2
2.      Metropolitan State, Colo. (1)         20-2   193        3
3.      West Georgia                          20-3   179        7
4.      Bowie State, Md.                      20-3   175        8
5.      Bentley, Mass.                        24-3   170        1
6.      Central Missouri State                19-4   156      T10
7.      Kennesaw State, Ga.                   19-3   150        9
8.      Virginia Union                        19-3   142        6
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