February 22, 2007
#5 USI upset by Rockhurst, 75-63
#5 Southern Indiana (25-4, 14-4 GLVC): 63
Rockhurst (17-10, 11-8 GLVC): 75
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The 5th-ranked University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team was upset by Rockhurst University, 75-63, Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri. USI falls to 25-4 overall and 14-4 in the GLVC, while Rockhurst goes to 17-10, 11-8 GLVC.
The loss also snapped USI's six-game winning streak.
The Screaming Eagles struggled during the first half versus Rockhurst. The Hawks, who led 29-28 at the intermission, held the Eagles to just 33 percent from the field (8-24) and tied them on the boards with 15 rebounds each.
USI also had just two leads in the opening stanza, 5-3 and 26-25. They would be the Eagles' only leads of the game.
Rockhurst pushed its lead to 10 points quickly in the second half, posting margins of 38-28 and 40-30. USI chipped away at the lead, cutting the margin to one, 50-49, on a lay-up by senior center Rashard Sullivan (Maimi, Florida) with 6:47 left. The Eagles missed a chance to tie the game when Sullivan could not convert the three-point play and missed the free throw.
The Hawks regained the momentum and re-established its lead. The largest would be 14 points, 75-61, with nine seconds to play.
USI was led in scoring by senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) with 13 points. Junior guards Kenny Page and Kenny Love (South Bend, Indiana) followed Hall with 12 points each.
The Eagles conclude the 2006-07 regular season Saturday at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Drury, which was idle tonight, is 19-7 overall, 12-6 GLVC and has won seven in a row.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information