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January 15, 2008

USI hopes to find the right road
Eagles try to get back on track at NKU and Bellarmine

Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team hopes to find the right road out of Evansville and get back on track when it goes to Northern Kentucky University and Bellarmine University this week. The Screaming Eagles play at NKU Thursday at 6:45 p.m. (CST) and Bellarmine Saturday at 7 p.m. (CST).

USI (9-4, 3-2 GLVC) suffered through a tough homestand last week against the GLVC East Division, losing to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis University. Despite losing the two games, the Eagles have still won seven of their last nine games and are second in the GLVC West.

USI senior forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Eagles statistically during the homestand, posting 21.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. He grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in the loss to UWP and has recorded six double-doubles this year.

For the season, Plummer is the USI and GLVC leading scorer with 21.0 points per game. He has surpassed 20-points seven times this season, including the last three contests. Plummer's 30-point performance against Ferris State University was his season-high.

USI junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) follows Plummer in the scoring column with 13.7 points per game, while sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) is third with 12.7 point per contest.

Cloud has been a scoring force on the outside for the Eagles during the last four games, averaging 13.3 points per game. He also has hit seven three-point field goals the last two games.

The Norse of NKU (11-2, 5-1 GLVC) have been on roll, winning 10 of their last 11 games. NKU won a pair on the road last week, defeating the University of Indianapolis, 74-59, and Saint Joseph's College, 58-55.

NKU senior forward Harrison Morton leads the Norse with 13.5 points per game. Morton is the leading returning scorer against the Eagles with 13.5 points per game in 2006-07.

USI leads the all-time series with NKU, 42-16, after winning both meetings last year. The Eagles defeated the Norse at the PAC, 83-71, in the regular season and at Roberts Stadium, 63-61, in the GLVC Tournament championship game.

The Knights of Bellarmine (8-5, 3-3 GLVC) are coming off a tough road trip, dropping division games at Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's. Bellarmine also has lost three of its last four contests.

Bellarmine senior forward Dzaflo Larkai leads the Knights with 16.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Larkai was third on the team against the Eagles last year with 11 points.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 42-24, after last year's 88-80 win at the PAC. The Eagles also have won the last seven meetings with the Knights.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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