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February 20, 2007

USI closes regular season on the road

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The 5th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team takes to the road to conclude the 2006-07 regular season, playing Thursday at Rockhurst University and Saturday at Drury University. Game time Thursday is 7:30 p.m., while tip-off Saturday is 4:15 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (25-3, 14-3 GLVC) start this week's action on a six-game winning streak, at 25 victories for the fifth straight year, and the winners of the GLVC West Division. USI travels to Rockhurst and Drury looking to complete its fourth and fifth series sweeps of the GLVC regular season.

Last week in the wins over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Quincy University, USI was led by senior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) with 17.0 point per game. He was followed by junior guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) with 16.5 ppg and senior center Rashard Sullivan (Miami, Florida) with 15.5 ppg.

Sullivan has led the Eagles during the six-game winning streak by averaging 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 2.0 blocks per game. Van Winkle is second during the streak with 12.0 ppg, 3.5 ppg better than his season average.

For the year, senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) continues to have a hot hand from long range. Hall is averaging 14.8 ppg and has hit 91 three-point field goals.

Rockhurst (16-9, 10-7 GLVC) and Drury (18-7, 11-6 GLVC) start this week's GLVC action fighting for a spot and position in the league post-season tournament by playing each other Tuesday evening. Rockhurst, currently, is tied for Quincy for third in the West Division, while Drury is second and three games behind USI.

Rockhurst begins the week on a four-game winning streak and has won five of its last six contests. The winning streak has included big wins over Quincy and SIUE. Drury has won its last six and seven of the last eight games.

The Eagles won the first meeting with both teams the first week of January. USI defeated Rockhurst, 79-64, and Drury, 89-70. Page led the Eagles against the Hawks with 16 points, while Hall led USI against the Panthers with 18 points.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 20, 2007)
1. Winona State, Minn. (8), 25-0
2. Bentley, Mass., 25-0
3. Findlay, Ohio, 24-1
4. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 22-2
5. Southern Indiana, 25-3
6. Humboldt State, Calif., 20-3
7. Central Missouri, 22-2
8. Augusta State, Ga., 22-3
9. Metropolitan State, Colo., 22-3
10. Grand Valley State, Mich., 22-3
11. Minnesota State, 23-3
12. West Liberty State, W. Va., 22-3
13. Virginia Union, 17-4
14. Benedict, S.C., 22-2
15. Northwest Missouri State, 20-5
16. Cal State-San Bernardino, 18-5
17. Millersville, Pa., 20-4
18. Montevallo, Ala., 19-5
19. Cal Poly Pomona, 17-6
20. Henderson State, Ark., 18-6
21. Barton, N.C., 19-5
22. Clayton State, Ga., 20-5
23. Emporia State, Kan. 20-4
24. Nebraska-Kearney, 21-4
25. Seattle Pacific, Wash., 16-8

Others receiving votes: Northern Michigan 14, Rollins (Fla.) 14, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 10, California (Pa.) 8, Florida Gulf Coast 6, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) 4, Midwestern State (Texas) 3, Barry
(Fla.) 2, Eckerd (Fla.) 1, Valdosta State (Ga.) 1.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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