December 06, 2005
Screaming Eagles start homestand looking to get on track
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team returns to the friendly surroundings of the Physical Activities Center this week to begin a three-game homestand, beginning with a GLVC inter-divisional game Thursday against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at 7:30 p.m. The Screaming Eagles conclude the week by hosting Lewis University Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
USI dropped to 10th nationally in the NABC Division II Top 25, but has been ranked nationally for 44 of the last 46 weeks. The GLVC's Saint Joseph's College moved up in the poll to eighth with a 7-0 record.
For the first time this season, the Eagles are looking to get back on track. USI (7-1 overall, 1-1 GLVC) split the first weekend of GLVC action, defeating the University of Missouri-Rolla, 70-55, and falling to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 87-83, on the road. Junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) led the Eagles in both games, dropping in a season-best 21 points in the win over UMR and 19 points in the loss to UMSL.
USI senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Indiana), who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds at UMSL, leads the Eagles after eight games with 20.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg. He has had five double-doubles in USI's first eight contests.
In addition to Thompson, Hall is averaging 16.3 ppg and senior guard David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky) is posting 10.9 ppg.
The Rangers of Wisconsin-Parkside (5-2, 0-2 GLVC) come to Evansville on Thursday after losing their first two conference games last weekend. The Rangers lost at home to the University of Indianapolis, 75-71, and Saint Joseph's College, 70-67. UW-Parkside had started the year by winning five straight.
USI leads the series with UW-Parkside, 20-5, and has won nine of the last 10 since 2000. The Eagles swept the Rangers last year, posting victories in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 62-58, and at the PAC, 88-64.
The Flyers of Lewis University (4-2, 1-1 GLVC) will play Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday evening before traveling to Evansville. Lewis split its first two GLVC games, losing to Saint Joseph's College, 94-63, and defeating Indianapolis, 80-70. The Flyers started the year with three straight wins before losing two in a row.
USI leads the series with Lewis, 30-21, and has won seven of the last 11 games since 2000. The Eagles swept the Flyers last season, winning in Romeoville, Illinois, 78-74, and at the PAC, 89-74.
The homestand will conclude December 17 when USI hosts Bryan College for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information