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January 04, 2006

USI goes on road to resume GLVC action

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team resumes GLVC action on the road this week after recording a 14-1 overall record in the first half of the 2005-06 campaign. The Screaming Eagles, who are 3-1 in the GLVC, travel to Bellarmine University Thursday at 7 p.m. (CST) in Louisville, Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky University Saturday at 2:15 p.m. (CST) in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Entering this weekend's action, USI is 2-0 against teams in the GLVC's East Division.

The fifth-ranked Eagles are riding a seven game winning streak after starting the 2006 calendar year with a 114-56 victory over Oakland City University. Junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) led USI by tying a school record with eight three-point field goals and a season-high 32 points.

Hall is averaging 21.3 ppg in the last three games and ranks second on the team with a 16.7 ppg season average.

USI senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) leads all Eagles with 18.2 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Thompson and Hall are followed in the scoring column by senior guard David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky) with 10.9 ppg, while Thompson is followed on the boards by junior forward/center Keith Christmas (Gary, Indiana) with 6.7 rpg.

Bellarmine (4-7, 1-2) resumes GLVC action trying to stop a four-game losing streak. The Knights, who also have lost five of the last six, won their last game in the GLVC when they defeated Rockhurst University at home, 67-59, in December.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 40-24, and has won 12 of the last 13 games since 2000. The Eagles swept the Knights in 2004-05, winning 94-61 at the Physical Activities Center and 73-59 at Knights Hall.

NKU (8-3, 3-0 GLVC), which hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday before hosting USI, has lost three of the last five games after starting the year 6-0. The Norse finished the 2005 calendar year with a win over Lynn University, 69-68, in Boca Raton, Florida.

In the GLVC, NKU is 3-0 and still has 6:09 to play in the suspended game with Saint Joseph's College. The game with SJC was suspended after a power failure and will resume February 2.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Norse, 39-16, and have won 11 of the last 16 meetings since 2000. USI swept NKU a year ago, including a 79-49 victory in the GLVC Tournament Championship game at Roberts Stadium.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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