December 12, 2006
Screaming Eagles resume non-conference play Sunday
USI falls to sixth in rankings
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team will attempt to get back on track outside of the GLVC when it hosts Glenville State College Sunday at the Physical Activities Center. The match-up is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. and is a part of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader.
The USI-Glenville contest also begins a four-game non-conference set for the Screaming Eagles. Following Sunday's action, the Eagles travel to Wayne State University for the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge where they will play WSU and Ferris State on December 20 and 21.
USI (9-1, 1-1 GLVC) was 1-1 last week in the GLVC – defeating Saint Joseph's College, 96-86, and losing to the University of Indianapolis, 56-55. The loss caused the Eagles to fall to sixth in the NABC Division II Top 25.
USI junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) was the top scorer on the Eagles' first road games of the year, averaging 15.5 points per game (ppg). Page was followed by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) and senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) with 13 ppg each.
For the season, Hall continues to lead USI with 17.3 ppg through the 10 games. He also remains on a new record-setting pace with 39 three-point field goals this season, eight ahead of last year's record-setting pace.
Sullivan is second on the team with 14.3 ppg, while Page is third overall with 10.7 ppg. Senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) is the team's top rebounder with 7.9 per game, while Page is dishing out a team-best 4.7 assists per game.
Glenville State (3-3) comes to Evansville on a three-game losing streak. The Pioneers started the year with three-straight wins before hitting this rough spot on the schedule.
Sophomore guard Chase Groves leads the Pioneers scoreboard with 16.7 ppg, while freshman guard Marcus Catney is second with 14.3 ppg. Glenville State's double-figure scorers are rounded out with freshman guard Michael Hurd and junior guard Deon Briscoe with 13.3 ppg and 13.2 ppg, respectively.
Sunday's game will be the second meeting between the two schools. USI won the first meeting last year, 107-69, at the PAC.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 12, 2006)
1. Winona State, Minn. (8) 7-0
2. Clayton State, Ga. 6-0
3. Central Missouri 7-0
4. (tie) Bentley, Mass. 9-0
(tie) Seattle Pacific, Wash. 4-1
6. Southern Indiana 9-1
7. Virginia Union 5-0
8. Minnesota State 10-1
9. Findlay, Ohio 7-1
10. Tarleton State, Texas 6-1
11. Montevallo, Ala. 7-2
12. Pfeiffer, N.C. 6-0
13. Northwest Missouri State 7-1
14. Brigham Young-Hawaii 6-1
15. Rollins, Fla. 4-2
16. Seattle, Wash. 5-1
17. Quincy, Ill. 8-1
18. Grand Valley State, Mich. 6-2
19. Southeastern Oklahoma State 7-0
20. Wingate, N.C. 5-1
21. Metropolitan State, Colo. 5-1
22. Emporia State, Kan. 8-0
23. (tie) Barton, N.C. 5-2
(tie) Bloomsburg, Pa. 6-1
25. Eckerd, Fla. 8-0
Others receiving votes: Fort Hays State (Kan.) 21, Millersville (Pa.) 19, Humboldt State (Calif.) 17, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 16, Drury (Mo.) 12, Cal Poly Pomona 11, Philadelphia (Pa.) 10, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 10, Southwest Minnesota State 9, Texas A&M-Kingsville 9, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 8, District of Columbia 5, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 5, Alaska-Anchorage 4, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 3, Ashland (Ohio) 2, Alabama-Huntsville 1, Chaminade (Hawaii) 1, Georgia College & State 1, Hillsdale (Mich.) 1, Saint