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January 10, 2006

USI men's basketball looking to extend streaks

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will have three streaks on the line when it hosts Quincy University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for a two-game homestand at the Physical Activities Center. USI (16-1, 5-1 GLVC) plays Quincy (8-5, 3-2 GLVC) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and SIUE (9-3, 3-2 GLVC) Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles have won nine in a row, posted 31 straight wins at the PAC, and shot over 50 percent in each of the last seven games. USI also ranks third in the latest NABC Division II Top 25.

The Eagles won three games last week, including a pair of 19-point road wins in the GLVC. USI started the week at home with a 114-56 victory over Oakland City University and finished the week with a 95-76 victory over Bellarmine University and a 75-56 win over Northern Kentucky University.

Senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), the GLVC Player of the Week led the Eagles last week with 19 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Thompson, who also shot 81.8 percent from the field (18-22), was followed in the scoring column by junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) with 17 ppg in the three contests.

For the season, Thompson leads the Eagles with 18.4 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Hall is second on the team with 15.9 ppg.

The Hawks of Quincy are .500 in their last six games after winning four of five to begin the season. Quincy split its conference games at home last week, defeating the University of Indianapolis, 60-53, and losing to Saint Joseph's College, 73-64.

USI leads the all-time series with Quincy, 18-4, and has won eight in a row since 2000. The Eagles swept the Hawks last year, winning 84-56 at the PAC and 71-63 in Quincy.

The Cougars of SIUE are the second hottest team in the GLVC, winning their last five and seven of the last eight. SIUE knocked Saint Joseph's from the unbeaten ranks last week with an 81-72 win and a finished a five-game homestand with a 74-65 victory over Indianapolis.

USI leads the all-time series with SIUE, 41-16, and has won 10 of 11 since 2000. The team split last year with SIUE winning at home, 75-70, and USI winning at the PAC, 61-60.

NABC Division II Top 25
 1. Montevallo (7), 14-1
 2. Western Washington, 11-1
 3. Southern Indiana, 16-1
 4. Seattle Pacific (1), 11-1
 5. Saint Joseph's, 13-1
 6. NorthernState, 12-1
 7. Southwest Baptist, 14-1
 8. Virginia Union, 8-2
 9. Fort Hays State, 12-1
10. Stonehill, 11-1
11. Findlay, 12-2
12. West Virginia State, 10-2
13. Alabama-Huntsville, 12-2
      Barton, 8-1
15. Delta State, 11-1
16. Truman State, 13-2
17. Central Missouri State, 13-2
18. Johnson C. Smith, 9-3
19. Grand Canyon, 12-3
20. Massachusetts-Lowell, 11-3
21. Mount Olive, 9-3
22. Minnesota State-Mankato, 13-3
23. Winona State, 10-4
24. Grand Valley State, 11-3
25. Ashland, 12-3

Others receiving votes for the top 25:
Lynn, Pittsburgh-Jonstown, Alderson-Broaddus, Catawba, South Carolina Upstate, West Georgia, Armstrong Atlantic State, Bowie State, Northeastern State, Saint Anselm, Hawaii-Hilo, West Liberty State, Montana State-Billings, Tarleton State, Presbyterian, Concordia-St. Paul, Philadelphia

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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