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February 10, 2009

USI goes on the road looking for a sweep
Eagles rise to 13th in latest NABC/Division II poll

USI Game Notes; NABC Division II Top 25

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team travels to Quincy University Saturday looking to complete its first sweep of the Hawks since the 2004-05 season. Game time Saturday is 3:15 p.m.

USI, which leads the GLVC West Division by a half-game over Rockhurst University, rose to 13th in the latest NABC/Division II Top 25. The GLVC also was represented by GLVC East leading Northern Kentucky University, which rose to sixth, and Bellarmine University at 18th.

Fans can follow the play-by-play on ESPN 106.7FM, WSWI 820AM (Saturday only), and WPSR 90.7FM. The broadcasts also can be heard through the internet by following the links on

The Screaming Eagles (21-4, 10-2 GLVC) won the first meeting between the two teams last Thursday, 85-64, at the Physical Activities Center. USI was led in the victory by junior guard Marvin Gray (Freeport, Bahamas), who had 21 points; senior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York), who dropped in 14 points; and junior forward Tyrone Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio), who scored 12 points.

In last week's wins over Quincy and Drury University (84-71 on Saturday), junior guard Jamar Smith (Peoria, Illinois) paced the Eagles with 18.5 points per contest. Smith also had an individual-player high with 29 points against Drury on Homecoming Saturday.

The Eagles are led by four players averaging in double figures on the scoreboard this season. Smith is averaging a team-best 17.4 points per game, while junior forward Brandon Russ(Cincinnati, Ohio) is second with 13.2 points per outing. Pimble, who is averaging 16.8 points in the six-game winning streak, is scoring at a 12.7 points pace, with Gray rounding out the double-figure scorers with 11.4 points per contest.

The Hawks of Quincy (12-10, 5-8 GLVC), who play at Oakland City University tonight, have been struggling the last two weeks. Quincy has lost four of its last five games with the one victory coming at home against Bellarmine, which was ranked 13th at the time.

QU sophomore forward Justin Brock leads the Hawks with 12.7 points per game, while junior forward Billy Baptist, who is dropping in 11.8 points per contest. Baptist was second in scoring for the Hawks last Thursday at USI with 15 points. Sophomore guard Josh Edmonds recorded a team-high 19 points in the loss.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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