February 13, 2007
USI hopes to clinch in final homestand
Screaming Eagles to honor seniors Saturday
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 6th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team has a chance to clinch at least a share of the GLVC West Division crown in its final homestand of the season. The Screaming Eagles' final homestand features Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Quincy University Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
USI (23-3, 12-3 GLVC) honors its six seniors – guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) center Rahsard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) forwards Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana), Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana), Keith Christmas (Gary, Indiana), and Nick Brooks (Robinson, Illinois) – prior to Saturday's contest against Quincy.
If the Eagles win both home games this week, they clinch at least a share of the division crown. USI also can secure a share of title with one win and a Quincy loss at SIUE tonight in Edwardsville, Illinois. A pair of USI wins the Eagles the division title outright.
USI, which rose two spots this week to sixth nationally, clinched a spot in the GLVC Tournament last week with its first road sweep in the league this year. The Eagles defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 72-59, and the University of Missouri-Rolla, 80-64, last week.
Sullivan led the Eagles in the two games with16 points per game (ppg) and nine rebounds per game (rpg). He had a double-double against Missouri-Rolla with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Sullivan was followed last week by junior guard Kenny Page and Hall with 11 points each.
For the season, Hall is USI's top scorer with 15.2 ppg. He also leads all USI scorers in the PAC with 16.5 ppg and has hit 49 of his 88 three-point field goals at home. Hall is followed in the scoring at the PAC by Sullivan with 15.0 ppg and Page with 10.7 ppg.
The Cougars (12-11, 7-8 GLVC) of SIUE have been struggling since the middle of January. SIUE is on a three-game losing streak and has lost six of the last seven games.
SIUE sophomore forward Mike Hardiek leads the way for the Cougars with 16.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
USI leads the all-time series with SIUE, 42-19, and broke a three-game losing streak to the Cougars with a 63-54 win at Edwardsville, Illinois, in January.
The Hawks (17-6, 10-5 GLVC) of Quincy fell to 25th nationally after dropping a pair of road games last week. Junior guard Andre Muse is on top of the Hawk's scoring column with 16.2 ppg.
Quincy won the first meeting of the year in January, 76-74, in overtime at Quincy, Illinois, but USI leads the all-time series, 19-6.
NABC Division II Top-25
1. Winona State, Minn. (8), 23-0
2. Bentley, Mass., 23-0
3. Findlay, Ohio, 22-1
4. Metropolitan State, Colo., 21-2
5. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 20-2
6. Southern Indiana, 23-3
7. Humboldt State, Calif., 18-3
8. Central Missouri, 20-2
9. West Liberty State, W. Va., 21-2
10.(tie) Augusta State, Ga, 20-3
(tie) Grand Valley State, Mich., 20-3
12. Minnesota State, 22-3
13. Clayton State, Ga., 20-3
14. Millersville, Pa., 19-3
15. Henderson State, Ark., 17-5
16. Virginia Union, 14-4
17. Benedict, S.C., 19-2
18. Northwest Missouri State, 18-5
19. Emporia State, Kan., 19-3
20. Cal State-San Bernardino, 16-5
21. Rollins, Fla., 19-4
22. Montevallo, Ala., 18-5
23. Barton, N.C., 17-5
24. Cal Poly Pomona, 15-6
25. Quincy, Ill., 17-6
Others receiving votes: Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 11, Nebraska-Kearney 10, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 6, Midwestern State (Texas) 6, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 2, California (Pa.) 2, Drury (Mo.) 2, Pfeiffer (N.C.) 2, Ashland (Ohio) 1, Valdosta State (Ga.) 1.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information