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December 13, 2005

USI will play out of conference over the break
Screaming Eagles ranked 7th in latest poll

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team continues the 2005-06 campaign with five straight games outside of the GLVC, beginning with Bryan College Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center. The conclusion of the non-conference part of the schedule includes three home games and two neutral site contests.

The Screaming Eagles (9-1, 3-1 GLVC) rose to seventh in the latest NABC Division II Top 25 Men's Basketball Poll. The GLVC also is represented by Saint Joseph's College, which was ranked sixth.

The Eagles finished the December part of the GLVC schedule by sweeping the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (83-61) and Lewis University (60-49) last weekend. Junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) was named the GLVC Player of the Week after leading the Eagles with 16.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg.

Hall recorded his first double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds, in the win over Lewis.

For the season, senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) leads USI with a GLVC-best 18.6 ppg. He also ranks first on the team and second in the GLVC with 9.6 rpg. Hall follows Thompson with 16.2 ppg, while senior guard David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky) is third in the scoring column with 10.9 ppg.

The Bryan Lions (6-6) come to the PAC with a 1-2 record in the month of December. Bryan began the month with a 70-69 loss to Montreat College before going on the road to defeat Johnson Bible College, 83-76. The Lions fell at Union College, 77-65, in their last game.

Saturday's game will be the first meeting between USI and Bryan.

USI will go on the road next week to play a pair of neutral site games in the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge at the University of Indianapolis December 20-21. The Eagles are scheduled to play Ferris State University December 20 at 6:30 p.m. (CST) and Wayne State University December 21 at 4:30 p.m. (CST).

Ferris State (5-3, 3-0 GLIAC) has won five of its last six since starting the year 0-2. The Bulldogs, who received votes for the top 25 this week, will play Lake Superior State University Friday evening prior to coming south for the challenge.

USI leads the all-time series with Ferris State, 5-2, after being swept last year. The Bulldogs downed the Eagles in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge, 93-82, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional, 93-87, in Findlay, Ohio.

Wayne State (2-5, 0-3 GLIAC) is on the opposite side of the spectrum from Ferris State, losing five of the last six games. The Warriors were an NCAA II Tourament team a year ago with a 20-12 record.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Warriors, 4-0, after winning 72-60 in Grand Rapids last December. Two of the four USI victories over WSU have resulted in two NCAA II Great Lakes Regional championships for the Eagles.

NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll
(Tuesday, December 13, 2005 Regular season poll #3)

Team, Record

 1. Montevallo (8), 8-0
 2. Tarleton State, 8-1
 3. Virginia Union, 4-1
 4. Western Washington, 5-1
 5. Seattle Pacific, 5-0
 6. Saint Joseph's, 8-0
 7. Southern Indiana, 9-1
 8. Florida Southern, 8-0
 9. Winona State, 8-1
10. Mount Olive, 5-1
11. West Virginia State, 6-1
12. Holy Family, 8-1
13. Southwest Baptist, 10-0
14. Central Missouri State, 8-1
15. Catawba, 10-1
16. South Dakota, 7-1
17. West Liberty State, 9-0
18. Lynn, 5-2
19. Fort Hays State, 9-1
20. Northern State, 8-1
21. South Carolina Upstate, 6-0
22. Alabama-Huntsville, 8-1
23. Pfeiffer, 6-1
24. Presbyterian, 9-1
25. Cal State-Bakersfield, 4-0

Others receiving votes: Philadelphia 17, Barton 15, Grand Canyon 15, Grand
Valley State 14, Findlay 13, Massachusetts-Lowell 13, Saint Rose 8, West Georgia
5, Ashland 4, Cal State-San Bernardino 4, Minnesota State-Mankato 4, Mesa State
2, Ferris State 3, Stonehill 1.

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