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November 27, 2007

USI opens GLVC action on the road at KWC
Eagles and Panther resume "Battle for the Bridge" rivalry

Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team open the 2007-08 GLVC schedule against Kentucky Wesleyan College Saturday when it visits the Sportscenter in Owensboro, Kentucky. The nightcap of the GLVC doubleheader is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

The Screaming Eagles, who fell out of the NABC Division II Top 25 this week, begin GLVC action this week after a 2-2 start in non-conference play. USI struggled last week, posting a win over Southwest Minnesota State University and dropping nail-biting games to the University of Illinois-Springfield and fourth-ranked Northwest Missouri State University.

Through the first four games, USI is led by senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio). Plummer, who is averaging a team-best 20.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, has three double-doubles and has grabbed double-digits in rebounds each game.

Plummer is followed in the scoring column by junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) and sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) with 15.3 points and 15.0 points per game, respectively. USI senior guard Tyson Schnitker (Robinson, Illinois) rounds out the double-figure scorers with 10.0 point per game.

Overall, Eagle newcomers have scored 267 of USI's 280 total points this season (95.4 percent).

The only game USI will play this week is against KWC, which is 5-1 to begin the season. The Panthers began the year with a loss in the Disney Division II West Coast Tip-Off Classic before winning their last five contests.

KWC senior forward Rodney Edgerson leads the Panthers with 18.0 point per game, while senior center Jeff Fahnbulleh is posting 13.4 points and a team-best 12.0 rebounds per contest.

The Panthers lead the all-time series, 43-32, but the Eagles have won the last five meetings and six of the last seven. USI also has won the last six regular season games.

Last year, the Eagles defeated the Panthers, 84-69, at the Physical Activities Center.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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