December 20, 2008
USI stays defensive and defeat Maryville 92-55
Eagles extend winning streak to double digits
Southern Indiana (11-2) 92, Maryville (3-5): 55
– The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team held its third straight opponent to less than 60 points in a 92-55 victory over Maryville University Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center. USI raises its record to 11-2 overall, while Maryville falls to 3-5 in 2008-09.
The win also extends the USI winning streak to 10 in a row, the longest streak since the 2005-06 campaign.
The Screaming Eagles were propelled to the victory on the strength of their defense. USI set a single-game record with 23 team steals and held Maryville to 38.5 percent from the field (20-52) for the game. USI senior forward Anthony Pimble
(Bronx, New York) led the Eagles with five steals, while junior forward Tyrone Bradshaw
(Cincinnati, Ohio) had a team-high three blocks.
Offensively, USI shook off a shaky first half (just 1-12 from beyond the three-point arc) to shoot 52.4 percent from the field in the second half. The improved offensive production in the second half allowed the Eagles to turn a 41-31 halftime scored in the 37-point victory.
Individually, junior forward Brandon Russ
(Cincinnati, Ohio) led four players in double figures with 14 points. Junior guard Marvin Gray
(Freeport, Bahamas) followed Russ with 12 points, while Pimble and senior guard Kenny Love
(South Bend, Indiana) dropped in 10 points each.
The Eagles, who are a perfect 8-0 at the PAC this season, reach the halfway mark of the six-game homestand December 30 when Tiffin University visits for a 7:30 p.m. contest. USI resumes GLVC action in January, beginning with Saint Joseph's College on January 2 at the PAC.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information