November 17, 2005
Eagles resume exhibition schedule at Louisville
Home schedule opens Tuesday versus Robert Morris
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will resume its exhibition schedule at the University of Louisville Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky. USI (3-0) is ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II by the NABC, while Louisville is ranked ninth in the AP Top 25.
The Screaming Eagles are flying high as they go into their final exhibition contest. USI swept through the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic, winning the preseason title for the second time in the nine years of the tournament.
Preseason honorable mention All-American Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), a senior forward, led the Eagles with 22.7 ppg and 12.3 rpg and was named the classic's Most Outstanding Player. Thompson was joined on the All-Tournament team by junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana), who averaged 14.7 ppg.
Louisville opens the 2005-06 regular season Saturday by hosting the University of Tennessee-Martin prior to playing USI. The Cardinals won their first exhibition game, 70-63, over Bellarmine University on November 2.
Louisville senior guard Taquan Dean led the Cardinals in the victory over Bellarmine with 28 points.
Robert Morris College, located in Springfield, Illinois, will be USI's first opponent at the Physical Activities Center Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The USI-Robert Morris game will be a part of a men's and women's doubleheader beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Robert Morris is 3-1 after losing to Quincy University, 67-58, Wednesday evening. The RMC Eagles will play in the North Central College Tournament November 18-19 prior to coming to Evansville.
Changes to the USI Invitational schedule
The USI Invitational tournament schedule for November 25-26 has changed to a classic style schedule. USI will play Glenville State University Friday and Central State University Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Bellarmine University will play Central State Friday and Glenville State Saturday at 5:30 p.m. each evening.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information