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January 22, 2008

USI returns to West Division play this week
Eagles come home for two-game homestand

USI Men's Basketball Game Notes

The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team returns to the Physical Activities Center and to GLVC West Division action when it begins a two-game homestand on Thursday. The Screaming Eagles start this week's action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Quincy University and conclude the homestand Saturday at 3:15 p.m. versus Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

USI (9-6, 3-4 GLVC) is in uncharted territory, having lost its last four games for the first time in 16 years. The Eagles struggled offensively last week on the road, losing to Northern Kentucky University 78-62, and to Bellarmine University, 65-49.

The one bright sport for the Eagles last week was the continued steady play of senior forward/center Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio). Plummer recorded his seventh and eighth double-doubles of the year, averaging 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game on the road trip.

For the season, Plummer tops the Eagles' scoring column and ranks second in the GLVC with 20.9 points per game and is the team and conference leader on the boards with 10.7 rebounds per game. He also is averaging 19.6 points and 10 rebounds per game in the league games.

USI junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) follows Plummer in the scoring column with 12.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) rounds out the double-figure scorers with 11.2 points per contest.

The Hawks of Quincy (6-9, 0-7 GLVC) start this week's action in search of their first conference win in 2007-08. Quincy has lost its last five games, including home games last weekend to Saint Joseph's College, 69-67, and the University of Indianapolis, 96-87.

The Hawks are led by senior guard Andre Muse, who is averaging 18.8 points per game, and junior forward Jeff Wilson, who is dropping in 12.5 points per game. Quincy senior guard Cameron Murkey is the team's top rebounder with 7.1 per contest.

USI leads the all-time series with Quincy, 21-6, and has won 13 of the last 15 since 2000. The Eagles won two of the three meetings last year, winning 87-65 at the PAC and 76-57 at Roberts Stadium in the GLVC Tournament. The Hawks' 76-74 overtime win came at Pepsi Arena in Quincy, Illinois.

The Cougars of SIUE (8-6, 2-5 GLVC) come to the PAC for the final time as a member of the GLVC on Saturday. SIUE, which plays at Kentucky Wesleyan College on Thursday before coming to Evansville, has lost three of its last four after splitting its conference games last week. The Cougars were the only GLVC West team to get a win against the GLVC East last week when they defeated Indianapolis, 64-50.

SIUE finished the week with a loss to Saint Joseph's, 82-60.

For the season, the Cougars are led by senior guard T.J. Gray with 16.8 points per game. Gray is followed by senior guard Anthony Jones, who is dropping in 11.2 points per contest.

USI leads the all-time series, 43-19, after sweeping SIUE last year. The Eagles, who have won 12 of the last 16 games against the Cougars, posted a 63-54 win at SIUE and a 73-54 victory at the PAC a year ago.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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