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January 19, 2008

Eagle can't overcome scoring drought in loss

Bellarmine 65, Southern Indiana 49

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team could not overcome an eight minute scoring drought in falling to Bellarmine University, 65-49, Saturday evening in Louisville, Kentucky. USI falls to 9-6 overall and 3-4 in the GLVC, while Bellarmine goes to 9-6, 4-4 GLVC.

The Screaming Eagles controlled most of the first half, building a 25-18 lead with 5:14 left till the intermission, when their offensive production stalled. The Eagles' offensive drought allowed the Knights to take control of the game with a 12-3 run and the lead by halftime, 30-28.

The USI scoring drought continued for the first five minutes of the second half as Bellarmine built a 12-point lead, 42-32. The Knights would extend the lead to as many as 18 points, 50-32, with 11:48 to play.

The Eagles cut the margin down to 11 points with a 10-3 run, but could get no closer than 53-42 with five minutes to play. Bellarmine was a blistering 78.6 percent (11-14) from the field in the second half, compared to USI's 33.3 percent (7-21) from the outside.

Individually, USI continued to be led by senior forward/center Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio). Plummer posted his eighth double-double of the year with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.

USI senior guard Tyson Schnitker (Robinson, Illinois) followed Plummer in the scoring column with 11 points.

The Eagles return home for a two-game homestand next week, starting with Quincy University on January 24. The homestand concludes when USI hosts Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on January 26.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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