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December 21, 2006

USI outscores Ferris State in second half for win

#5 Southern Indiana (12-1): 91
Ferris State (3-7): 76

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Melvin Hall

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team outscored Ferris State University 52-36 in the second half to post a 91-76 victory Thursday evening at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Detroit, Michigan. USI raises its overall record to 12-1, while Ferris State goes to 3-7.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with 10 lead changes and seven ties. The Bulldogs had the biggest lead of the half, 14-9, at the 15:27 mark, while the Screaming Eagles' largest margin, 32-28, did not come until 5:48 left in the half. USI trailed at the intermission for the first time this season, 40-39.

The second half belonged to the Eagles, who scored the first five points of the half to take a 44-40 lead. USI would go on to extend the lead to as many as 12 points, 70-58, by the midway mark of the final half.

The Eagles would extend the lead to 16 points, 80-64, with 6:54 to play and to 18 points, 89-71, with 3:37 left. The Bulldogs would score the next five points before senior forward Marty Wise finalized the scoring at 91-76.

USI senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) led the Eagles in scoring with 26 points, hitting seven three-point field goals. The seven long-range bombs were one short of USI's single-game record that Hall tied last year.

Hall was followed by senior forward Nick Brooks (Robinson, Illinois), who scored a USI career-high 16 points. Wise and sophomore forward Mike Kalicak (St. Charles, Missouri) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

USI senior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) hit a pair of three-point field goals in the victory to put him one away from tying Cris Brunson's (2001-05) USI career-record of 237.

The Eagles will be idle until December 30 when they host Harris-Stowe State University at the Physical Activities Center for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Hornets are 4-12 and are not scheduled to play another contest until they come to the PAC.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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