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February 12, 2008

USI hopes to stay on track
Eagles finish homestand by hosting Rockhurst and #9 Drury

USI Men's Basketball Game Notes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team hopes to get back to .500 in the GLVC when its finishes a four-game homestand this week. USI hosts Rockhurst University on February 14 and ninth-ranked Drury University on February 16 at the Physical Activities Center.

The Screaming Eagles (12-9, 6-7 GLVC) are coming off a successful homecoming, defeating the University of Indianapolis, 81-76. USI's senior duo of forward Norman Plummer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and guard Tyson Schnitker (Robinson, Illinois) led the way in the win with 25 and 23 points, respectively.

Plummer continues to lead the Eagles this season with 19.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. USI junior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) follows Plummer in the scoring column with 11.7 points per contest after scoring 14 in the win over UIndy.

Schnitker and sophomore guard Darren Cloud (Evansville, Indiana) round out USI's double-figure scorers each with 10.9 points per outing. Cloud averaged 8.5 points per game to open the homestand last week after missing four games with an ankle injury.

The Eagles also enter this week's action looking to play better after sundown. USI is 6-1 during the day, but only 6-8 during evening games. A victory over Rockhurst would break USI's five-game losing streak on Thursdays and a six-game losing streak after dark.

The Hawk's of Rockhurst (8-13, 4-9 GLVC) is currently fourth in the GLVC West, two-game behind the Eagles in the division standings, and host Drury on Tuesday before coming to USI. The Hawks have struggled since the middle of January, losing eight of their last 10. Rockhurst did get back on track last Saturday with an 83-78 win over Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Rockhust is led by senior guard Joey Deas, who is averaging 16.6 points per game. Deas was limited to just four points in the first game with USI.

USI is looking to complete the regular season sweep over Rockhurst on Thursday after winning in Kansas City, Missouri, 61-60, two weeks ago. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 4-1.

The Panther's of Drury (18-3, 11-2 GLVC) start this week's action already in possession of a berth in the GLVC Tournament and in command of the GLVC West. Drury has won four of its last five, including the first meeting between the Eagles and the Panthers two weeks ago, 61-56, in Springfield, Missouri. The series between USI and Drury is tied 3-3.

Drury is led by senior forward Collins Harris, who is averaging 17.8 points per game and had 13 points in the win over USI.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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