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January 06, 2007

USI sweeps homestand with win over Drury

Box Score

#5 Southern Indiana (15-1, 4-1 GLVC): 89
#24 Drury (10-4, 3-3 GLVC): 70

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The 5th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team completed a three-game homestand sweep with a 89-70 victory over 24th-ranked Drury University Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center. USI, which has won six in a row, raises its record to 15-1 overall and 4-1 in the GLVC, while Drury falls to 10-4, 3-3 GLVC.

Melvin Hall

The Screaming Eagles shot out of the gate in the first half, posting a 9-0 lead before the Panthers could get onto the scoreboard. USI proceeded to increase its lead throughout the opening half, leading by as many as 22 points, before settling for a 46-29 margin at the intermission.

The Eagles shot a blistering 60 percent from the field in the opening stanza, hitting 18-30, while the Panthers were only able to hit 12 buckets in 30 attempts.

Kenny Page

The second half was a much closer contest than the first as the Eagles only outscored the Panthers, 43-41. USI's largest lead of the game came with 13:17 to play when sophomore forward Mike Kalicak (St. Charles, Missouri) hit a pair of free throws to give the Eagles a 25-point lead, 65-40.

For the game USI shot 56.9 percent from the field (33-58) and out-rebounded Drury, 36-26.

The Eagles had four players score in double-figures, led by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) with 18 points. Junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) followed Hall with 16 points, while senior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) and senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13 points and 10 points, respectively.

Wise led the Eagles on the boards with seven rebounds, while Sullivan dished out a game-high seven assists.

USI goes on the road next week in the GLVC, playing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville January 11 at 7:30 p.m. and at Quincy University January 13 at 3:15 p.m. SIUE is the defending NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional champion, while both of USI's opponents next week tied the Eagles for a share of last year's GLVC West Division.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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