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January 31, 2006

USI-KWC resume rivalry Saturday
Eagles rise to third nationally

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will play Kentucky Wesleyan College for the only time during the 2005-06 regular season in Owensboro, Kentucky, Saturday night. For the first time in the history of the GLVC, KWC will not make a trip to the Physical Activities Center to play USI.

The Screaming Eagles, who rose to third and received a first place vote in this week's NABC Division II Top 25 poll, are on a four-game winning streak after sweeping a two-game homestand last week. The Eagles defeated the University of Indianapolis, 95-70, to begin the homestand and finished the week with a 98-67 victory over, then 3rd-ranked, Saint Joseph's College.

USI senior forward and GLVC Player of the Week Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) led the way with 23.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg. Thompson also leads USI and the GLVC with 19.6 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

Junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) follows Thompson in the scoring column with 14.6 ppg and leads the team with 63 three-point field goals. His 63 three-point bombs is 16 short of the school record (79) set by Robin Clark in 1989-90.

In the GLVC, USI (21-2, 10-2 GLVC) leads the West Division by a half-game over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (15-3, 9-2 GLVC) and two games over Quincy University (12-6, 7-4 GLVC) and Drury University (12-7, 7-4 GLVC).

The Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan (6-13, 3-9 GLVC) are currently sixth in the GLVC's East Division and have lost seven of the last nine games. KWC split last week, losing to Saint Joseph's and defeating Indianapolis.

KWC leads the all-time series with USI 43-30 and has won 10 of 17 games since 2000. The Eagles have won the last three meetings and five of the last six games with the Panthers.

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

Others receiving votes for the top 25:
Central Missouri State 15, Mount Olive 11, Massachusetts-Lowell 10, Chaminade 9, Northwest Missouri State 8, Saint Augustine's 8, West Virginia State 7, Armstrong Atlantic State 6, Stonehill 5, Grand Canyon 5, Lynn 3, Saint Rose 3, Ferris State 2, Sonoma State 2, Ashland 1, Bentley 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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