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January 02, 2008

USI men's basketball starts 2008 on the road
Screaming Eagles restart league play at UMSL and Missouri S&T

Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team starts the 2008 calendar year on the road when it travels to the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri University of Science and Technology for GLVC action. The Screaming Eagles (7-2, 1-0 GLVC) are scheduled to play UMSL Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Missouri S&T Saturday at 3 p.m.

USI is coming off its exciting 58-57 victory over Michigan Tech University to finish out 2007. The win was the first one-point victory for USI since defeating Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 61-60, in 2004-05. The win also extended the Eagles' winning streak to five games and a perfect 5-0 mark in December.

The Eagles re-enter GLVC play a month after starting the league schedule with a 79-77 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Leading the way for the Eagles is senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio). Plummer, who recorded his fifth double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds against Michigan Tech, is averaging 21.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

USI junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) follows Plummer in the scoring column with 14.8 points per game and a conference leading 3.3 steals a game. Sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) rounds out the double-figure scorers with 12.4 points per game.

The Tritons of UMSL (4-5, 0-2 GLVC) are having an up-and-down season and have lost their last two games. UMSL went 0-2 at the West Florida Tournament, losing to the University of West Florida, 63-58, and Ouachita Baptist University, 73-70, last weekend.

UMSL junior guard Tim Green and junior forward Larricus Brown lead the Tritons with 13.6 points per game each.

USI leads the all-time series with UMSL, 24-11, and has won the last three meetings after sweeping the series last year. The Eagles also have won 14 of the last 16 games since 2000.

The Miners of Missouri S&T (3-7, 0-2 GLVC), who hosts Kentucky Wesleyan Thursday before welcoming USI, restart GLVC play in the middle of a three-game losing streak and have lost six of their last seven. Missouri S&T also went 0-2 last week in Florida, losing at Barry University, 65-51, and at Lynn University, 60-45. Sophomore guard Justin Taylor leads the Miners with 16.4 points per game.

USI leads the all-time series, 5-2, and has won all four of the games since Missouri S&T joined the GLVC in 2005-06.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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