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November 19, 2007

USI continues homestand by hosting Illinois-Springfield
Eagles finish week by hosting Bill Joergens Tournament

Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team continues its four-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts the University of Illinois-Springfield at the Physical Activities Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles are coming off a season-opening victory over Harris-Stowe State University, 87-62. It was the 22nd straight season-opening win and the 24th straight home-opening victory.

USI senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his debut with the Eagles. He was followed by junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York), who had 23 points, six rebounds, and six steals.

The Prairie Stars of UIS come to the PAC with a 4-3 overall record after defeating Indiana University Southeast, 92-81, on Saturday. The Prairie Stars have won two in a row since struggling through a three-game losing streak.

The Eagles lead the series with the Prairie Stars, 3-0, after winning last year's meeting, 105-71, at the PAC.

The 10th-ranked Eagles will conclude the homestand after Thanksgiving when they host the first annual Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Game times are 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.

Friday's tournament schedule starts with Bellarmine University against fourth-ranked Northwest Missouri State University in the early game, while USI will host Southwest Minnesota State University in the nightcap. Saturday's slate of games features Bellarmine and SWMS in the 5:15 p.m. contest, while a pair of top 10 teams battle it out when USI plays Northwest at 7:30 p.m.

The USI-Northwest game on Saturday will be a rematch of the 2004 NCAA Division II Elite Eight first round game that the Eagles won, 88-81. This postseason contest has been the only meeting between the two Division II men's basketball powerhouses.

Bellarmine has started the year with a 3-0 mark, including a win over Great Lakes Region opponent Hillsdale College. SWMS and Northwest have started the year with identical 2-0 records.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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