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February 17, 2009

USI plays one on the road, one at home this week
Eagles honor Pimble on Senior Day Saturday

USI Game Notes; NABC Division II Top 25

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team has a split schedule on tap this week when it travels to the University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday and hosts Missouri University of Science and Technology for Senior Day on Saturday. USI will honor senior forward Anthony Pimble (Bronx, New York) prior to the game on Saturday.

The Screaming Eagles (21-5, 10-3 GLVC), who fell to 20th in the NABC/Division II poll today, suffered a setback in their attempt to host the GLVC Tournament last Saturday with the 74-71 loss at Quincy University. The defeat put the Eagles a game-and-a-half behind East Division leading Northern Kentucky University and a half-game behind West Division leading Rockhurst University.

USI has four games remaining (three on the road and one at home), including this week's contests, and concludes the regular season with a game at Rockhurst on February 28. NKU also has four contests remaining (three at home and one on the road), while Rockhurst only has three games left (one on the road and two at home).

The Eagles, who have won six of their last seven games, are led by junior guard Jamar Smith (Peoria, Illinois) with 17.0 points per outing. Junior forward Brandon Russ (Cincinnati, Ohio) follows Smith with 13.2 points per game, while Pimble is dropping in 12.8 points per contest.

One of the hottest Eagles of late is junior forward Tyrone Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio). Bradshaw, who is averaging 8.2 points per outing for the season, has scored in double figures five times in the last six games and averaged 11.2 points per game. He also blocked 15 shots, grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game, and is shooting 65.0 percent from the field (26-40).

The Tritons of UMSL (13-11, 5-9 GLVC) lost its only game last week, falling at Rockhurst, 71-62. UMSL is still in the hunt for a spot in the GLVC Tournament, despite winning only twice in the last eight games.Tritons' senior forward Alex Jackson leads the way for UMSL with 11.3 points per contest this year.

USI leads the all-time series, 27-11, after defeating UMSL, 93-86, back in January. The Eagles were led by Smith's 25 points, while freshman guard Beaumont Beasley topped the scoring column for the Tritons with 24 points.

The Miners of Missouri S&T (8-15, 3-11), who travel to Quincy prior to coming to USI this week, were 0-2 last week. Missouri S&T lost at home to Mid-Continent College, 83-75, and on the road to Drury University, 89-79. Junior guard Justin Taylor leads the Miners with 12.1 points per contest this season.

USI leads the all-time series with Missouri S&T, 8-2, after a close 74-63 victory at Rolla, Missouri, to close out January. Pimble led the Eagles on the road with a game-high 15 points in the first meeting, while MST junior guard Marquis Jones led the Miners with 14 points.

NOTE: The USI women's basketball team is encouraging fans to wear pink for its "Pack the PAC in Pink" game on Saturday versus Missouri S&T. The Eagles will be wearing pink uniforms for its "Pink Zone" game in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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