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November 14, 2006

USI hosts Wayne State in home opener

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team opens the 2006-07 home schedule Wednesday when its hosts Wayne State University at the newly renovated Physical Activities Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (3-0) are coming off its second straight Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic championship at the Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. USI won three straight games by wide margins in the tournament, defeating North Georgia College and State University, 85-62 Pace University, 101-72 and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 94-73.

Eagles' senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) led the squad offensively with 16.7 points per game (ppg) and was named to the classic's All-Tournament team. Hall had a team-high 14 three-point field goals in the three games.

USI also got great offensive production from senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) and senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana), who averaged 13.3 ppg and 13.0 ppg, respectively. Sullivan was named the classic's Most Outstanding Player, while Wise joined Hall on the All-Tournament team.

Wayne State opens the 2006-07 campaign Wednesday at the PAC. The Warriors were 0-2 during the preseason, losing to the University of Michigan, 85-51, and Eastern Michigan University, 74-67. Wayne State was led in the two losses by senior guard Kris Krzyminski, who averaged 20 ppg, and senior guard Will Pierce, who dropped in 14.5 ppg.

The Warriors were 11-14 last season and placed sixth in the South Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Wayne State is picked to finish fourth this year in the GLIAC.

USI leads the all-time series with Wayne State, 5-0, after defeating the Warriors, 78-59, at the University of Indianapolis last December. Wednesday's game will the first of two games between USI and Wayne State this year with the Warriors hosting the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in December.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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