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January 17, 2006

USI men go on the road to Drury and Rockhurst

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team travels to Drury University and Rockhurst University for the first time in the history of the program for a pair of GLVC contests. USI (17-2, 6-2 GLVC) plays Drury Thursday at 8 p.m. and Rockhurst Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles, who fell to ninth in the latest NABC Division II Top 25, are coming off a loss to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville last Saturday that broke a 10-game winning streak and a 32-game home winning streak. The Eagles have had winning streaks of 10-games and seven-games this year.

During last week's homestand, USI was led by senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) and senior guard Danny Gibson (Madison, Indiana). Thompson averaged 24.5 ppg and 10 rpg during the homestand, including his eighth double-double of the year in the SIUE loss.

Gibson followed Thompson in the scoring column with 17.5 ppg, including a career-high 23 points in the win over Quincy University, and led the team with three steals per game.

For the season, Thompson is posting a team-best 19.0 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) is second on the team with 14.7 ppg, while senior guard David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky) is third with 10.5 ppg.

Junior forward/center Keith Christmas (Gary, Indiana) is second on the team with 6.3 rpg.

Drury (9-5, 4-3 GLVC) welcomes USI to Springfield, Missouri, after splitting GLVC games on the road last week. The Panthers won at the University of Indianapolis, 69-64, but lost at Saint Joseph's College, 105-83. Drury has split its last four games after opening the season by winning seven of nine contests.

Rockhurst (6-9, 2-5 GLVC), located in Kansas City, Missouri, has won two of its last three after splitting on the road in the GLVC last week. The Hawks lost at SJC, 92-71, but won at Indianapolis, 71-64, last week.

After winning four of its first five games, Rockhurst suffered through a seven-game losing streak before defeating Drury to open the 2006 half of the schedule two weeks ago. The Hawks host Kentucky Wesleyan College Thursday night before playing USI.

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

Others receiving votes for the top 25:
Ferris State 9, SIU Edwardsville 9, Tarleton State 9, South Carolina Upstate 5, Central Missouri State 4, Pittsburgh-Johnstown 4, Ashland 3, Chaminade 3, St. Edward's 3, Massachusetts-Lowell 1, West Liberty State 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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