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December 02, 2008

USI starts GLVC schedule on the road
Eagles travel to Lewis and UW-Parkside this week


EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team starts the 2008-09 GLVC schedule on the road this week when the Screaming Eagles travel to Lewis University Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Eagles (7-2, 0-0 GLVC) are flying high after sweeping a six-game homestand, including an 89-88 victory over third-ranked Florida Southern College to finish the Bill Joergens Memorial Tournament. The 88 points scored by the Moccasins was only the second time this season that a USI opponent has tallied 70-or-more points in a game.

The victory over Florida Southern also helped garner some votes for USI in the NABC/Division II Top 25 poll. The GLVC was represented in the poll by Kentucky Wesleyan College (12th), Drury University (18th), and Northern Kentucky University (20th).

USI was led to a 3-0 record last week by junior guard Marvin Gray (Freeport, Bahamas), who was named the GLVC Player of the Week for his efforts. Gray, who scored a season-best 26 points in the win over Florida Southern, averaged 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in USI's three games last week.

For the season, senior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) leads the way with 13.7 points per game. He is followed by junior forward Brandon Russ (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Gray with 13.0 and 11.3 points per contest, respectively.

The Eagles go to the north-most part of the league looking for a little payback this year. Lewis and UW-Parkside swept USI at the PAC last season with the Flyers posting an 87-77 win and the Rangers recording a 72-65 victory.

The Flyers (4-1, 0-0 GLVC) have won their last two games after starting the year with a pair of wins and a loss. Lewis features 2008 honorable mention All-GLVC senior guard Brandon Dagans, who is averaging 18.4 points per game, and senior forward Jason Genova, who is posting 15.6 points per contest.

USI leads the all-time series with Lewis, 32-22, and has won nine of 14 games since 2000.

The Rangers (2-4, 0-0 GLVC) have had a rough start to the year, winning just two of their first six games. UW-Parkside lost its first three games of the year, before winning two of its last three. Senior forward LaVontay Fenderson leads the Rangers and the GLVC with 25.3 points per contest.

USI leads the all-time series with UW-Parkside, 21-7, and has won 10 of 12 since 2000.

Both games will be aired on ESPN 106.7FM, WPSR 90.7FM, and WSWI 820AM. Links to hear the games via internet can be found on

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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