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November 16, 2006

USI men's basketball looks to stay on a roll

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team hopes to stay on a roll when it hosts Tiffin University Saturday in the Physical Activities Center. The second game of USI's five-game homestand begins at 3 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (4-0) started the home half of the schedule by cruising to an 81-64 victory over Wayne State University Wednesday evening. USI was led by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana), who had 18 points, and senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida), who had 17 points.

Hall has been on fire to start the year, leading the team in scoring in three of the four contests and averaging 17 points per game (ppg). The senior, who has 18 long-range bombs in four games, is eight three-point field goals ahead of his record-setting pace of last year.

Sullivan has reached double-digits in three of the four games this year and is second on the team with 14.3 ppg. Senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) rounds out the double-figure scorers with 11.5 ppg.

Wise leads the Eagles on the boards with 8.3 rebounds per game (rpg), while Sullivan is second with 4.5 rpg.

The Dragons (0-1) visit the PAC after dropping their season-opener, 85-71, to Central State University Wednesday evening. Tiffin was led by junior guard Hernandez Skiver, who had 21 points. He was followed by freshman guard Alex Stork and senior forward Ryan Frazier with 12 points each.

Saturday's match-up will be the second meeting between the two institutions. The Eagles won the first game, 82-62, in 1978-79.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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