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December 27, 2007

USI men's basketball closes out 2007 at home
Screaming Eagles host regional rival Michigan Tech

Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team closes out the 2007 calendar year Sunday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center against NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region rival Michigan Tech University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (6-2) have won four straight games after a slow start to begin the 2007-08 season. USI is 5-1 against non-conference Division II teams and the match-up with Michigan Tech (6-5) will be its final non-conference game of the regular season.

The USI squad is averaging 85.5 points per game during the winning streak, 7.5 points better than the first four games of the campaign. The Eagles also are shooting nearly sixty percentage points better from the field and from beyond the three-point arc.

The Eagles have been led during the winning streak and the season by senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio). Plummer, who has earned the last two GLVC Player of the Week awards, is averaging 23.8 points and nine rebounds per game during the winning streak. He also is shooting 75.5 percent from the field (37-49) in the last four games.

For the season, Plummer leads the team with 22.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) and sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) with 15.0 and 14.0 points per game, respectively.

The Huskies of Michigan Tech have won their last two games and three of their last four. Michigan Tech had a short two-game losing steak to begin December and is just 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this year.

Michigan Tech's senior forward Tim Strom leads the Huskies with 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and is the only double figure scorer on the squad.

Although USI holds an all-time lead of 2-0 against Michigan Tech, Sunday's game will be the first regular season match-up between the two squads. The Eagles won the first meeting of the teams in the 2000 NCAA II Great Lakes Regional in Owensboro, Kentucky, 83-66, and the second in the 2003 NCAA II Great Lakes Regional hosted by Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan, 74-71. The Huskies were ranked number one nationally going into the 2003 regional.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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