February 28, 2009
USI wins West Division and will host GLVC Tournament
#17 Southern Indiana (25-5, 14-3 GLVC): 76; Rockhurst (18-9, 13-4 GLVC) 56
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
– The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team won the GLVC West Division and earned the right to host the GLVC Tournament with a 76-56 win over Rockhurst University Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. USI finishes the regular season with a 25-5 overall record and a 14-3 mark in the GLVC, while Rockhurst finishes second in the West with an 18-9 mark, 13-4 GLVC.
The 25 victories is the sixth time in seven seasons that USI has reached that plateau, while the Eagles reached at least 14 GLVC wins for the 16th time since 1992.
Trailing 38-36 in the second half, the Screaming Eagles took control of the game with a 14-2 run and never looked back. USI would go on to extend the margin to as many as 21 points, 68-47, with 4:54 to play before settling for the 20-point, 76-56 final.,
The Eagles were led the second half push by junior forward Brandon Carr
(Baltimore, Maryland), who scored 14 of his season-high 16 points in the final 20 minutes. He also had all of his game-high rebounds in the second stanza.
The Hawks outscored the Eagles, 11-5, in the final five minutes of the first half to lead 32-31 at the intermission. USI had built the largest lead of the first half with 5:04 left, 26-21, before Rockhurst started its run. USI junior guard Jamar Smith
(Peoria, Illinois) kept the Eagles in the game during the first half with 12 of his game-high 18 points.
In the scoring column, Smith and Carr were joined by three more Eagles in double figures. Junior guard Marvin Gray
(Freeport, Bahamas) and junior forward Tyrone Bradshaw
(Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 12 points, while senior forward Anthony Pimble
(Bronx, New York) dropped in 10 points.
In the upcoming GLVC Tournament on March 6-8, USI will be the top seed from the West and play Lewis University, the fourth seed from the East Division.
Tickets for the GLVC Tournament will go on sale Monday morning at 10 a.m. in the Physical Activities Center. Chairback seats are $12 for a single session, while season packages (four sessions) are $40. Bench tickets are $10 per session with season package (four sessions) for $30. Seats for USI season ticket holders will be held until noon Tuesday. The Ticket Office will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information