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March 03, 2006

Eagles comeback cut short in GLVC first round

#11 Southern Indiana (25-6): 71
#2 Saint Joseph's (28-2): 80

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Thompson named GLVC co-Player of the Year

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team could not overcome a 20-point second half deficit, losing to Saint Joseph's College, 80-71, Friday evening in the GLVC Tournament at Roberts Stadium. USI, ranked 11th nationally, falls to 25-6 overall, while Saint Joseph's, ranked second nationally, goes to 28-2.

Trailing 69-49 with 5:42 to play, the Screaming Eagles went on a 22-5 run to pull within three points, 74-71, on three straight free throws by junior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana). Van Winkle had nine points in the run, including two three-point field goals.

USI was fighting to come back the whole game. The Eagles trailed by 10 points twice in the first half, but battled back to within two points, 28-26, at the intermission.

Individually, USI was led by senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), who posted his 16th double-double of the year with a 22 point, 15 rebound performance. Van Winkle finished 14 points, while junior forward Nick Brooks (Robinson, Illinois) finished the game with 10 points.

The Eagles will await word on a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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