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January 29, 2008

USI goes west to play Drury and Rockhurst

USI Men's Basketball Game Notes

The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team travels to the western most points of the GLVC this week when it plays at No. 4 Drury University on January 31 and Rockhurst University on February 2. Game time Thursday at Drury is 8 p.m., while tip-off Saturday at Rockhurst is 3 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles (10-7, 4-5 GLVC) got back on track last Saturday with a 74-69 home win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The victory broke USI's five-game losing streak and gave the Eagles sole possession of second place in the West.

USI was guided back into the win column by senior forward/center Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior guard Tyson Schnitker (Robinson, Illinois). Plummer dropped in a game-high 25 points versus SIUE, including the final seven points of the game, and is averaging a GLVC leading 20.6 points per contest.

Schnitker scored 12 points in the win, reaching double digits in scoring for a third straight game. The senior guard is averaging 15 points per contest in his last three outings, 5.3 points better than his season average.

For the season, Plummer are followed in the scoring column by junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) with 11.9 points per game. USI sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana), who is third on the team with 11.2 points per game, is questionable for this week's action with a sprained ankle.

The Panthers of Drury (15-2, 8-1 GLVC) is in control of the GLVC West Division, leading USI by four games in the standings. Drury split its road trip last week, losing at Saint Joseph's College, 68-62, and winning at the University of Indianapolis, 70-52.

DU senior forward Collins Harris leads the Panthers and ranks third in the GLVC with 18.6 points per game. Senior guard Steven Gum follows Harris with 13.8 points per outing.

USI leads the all-time series against Drury, 3-2, after splitting the series last year. The Eagles won the first game at the PAC, 89-70, while the Panthers won at home, 77-72.

The Hawks of Rockhurst (7-10, 3-6 GLVC), who play Kentucky Wesleyan College on Thursday before hosting the Eagles, started this week by breaking their own five-game losing streak with a non-conference win over the University of St. Mary's, 81-44, Monday night. Rockhurst fell to third place in the GLVC West and a game behind USI last weekend after losing to Indianapolis, 63-52, and Saint Joseph's, 83-59.

RU senior guard Joey Deas and senior forward/center John Torson lead the Hawks with 15.8 points per contest. Torson also leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Hawks, 4-1, after winning two of three games last season. USI won at home, 79-64, and in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament, 84-78, but lost at Rockhurst, 75-63.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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