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February 07, 2006

USI men's basketball welcomes new GLVC opponents to the PAC

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will welcome Drury University and Rockhurst University to the Physical Activities Center for the first time as members of the GLVC. USI will host Drury Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Rockhurst Saturday at 3:15 p.m. for homecoming.

Drury (14-6, 9-4 GLVC) and Rockhurst (9-12, 5-8 GLVC) play tonight prior to making their trips east.

The Screaming Eagles (22-2, 11-2 GLVC) have won five straight during their latest winning streak after defeating Kentucky Wesleyan College for a third straight time at Sportscenter last week. The Eagles have won three-straight at the Sportscenter only twice in the history of the program.

USI, ranked third in the NABC Division II Top 25, is led in 2005-06 by senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Indiana), the Division II Bulletin Player of the Month for January. Thompson ranks first in the GLVC and leads the team with 19.6 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

Thompson also ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage and16th in rebounding.

USI junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) follows Thompson in scoring column with 14.1 ppg, while junior forward/center Keith Christmas (Gary, Indiana) is second on the boards with 6.3 rpg.

The Panthers of Drury come to the PAC on the back of a five-game winning streak of their own. The Panthers, who have not lost since suffering a 69-65 loss to USI at home in January, extended their winning streak by sweeping the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 90-70, and Lewis University, 81-61, at home last weekend.

Drury sophomore forward Collins Harris leads the Panthers and ranks second in the GLVC with 19.5 ppg.

The Hawks of Rockhurst travel to USI fighting for a spot in the GLVC Tournament next month. Rockhurst begins the week trailing the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of Missouri-St. Louis by a game in the tournament race.

USI won the first-ever meeting with Rockhurst, 87-64, last month in Kansas City, Missouri.

NABC Division II Top 25
1. Virginia Union (7), 17-2
2. Fort Hays State, 20-1
3. Southern Indiana (1), 22-2
4. Western Washington, 17-2
5. Seattle Pacific, 18-2
6. Montevallo, 20-2
7. Findlay, 20-2
8. Barton, 18-1
9. Delta State, 20-1
10. Saint Joseph's, 20-2
11. Southwest Baptist, 20-2
12. Northern State, 19-2
13. Winona State, 17-4
14. Alabama-Huntsville, 19-3
15. Tarleton State, 184
16. Grand Valley State, 18-3
17. Alderson-Broaddus, 17-3
18. SIU Edwardsville, 17-3
19. Truman State, 18-4
20. Clayton State, 18-3
21. Saint Anselm, 16-5
22. Minnesota State-Mankato, 17-5
23. Johnson C. Smith, 16-4
24. West Liberty State, 17-3
25. Columbus State, 16-6

Others receiving votes for the top 25:
Central Missouri State 11, Cal State-Bakersfield 10, Chaminade 10, Stonehill 6, Grand Canyon 3, Armstrong Atlantic State 2, West Virginia State 2, Bentley 1, Ferris State 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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