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January 16, 2002

USI men's basketball looks for payback in Kenosha

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball will be looking to dish out a little payback for an early season loss when it plays at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday, January 17, in an important Great Lakes Valley Conference contest. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

USI and UWP enter the match-up tied for second in the GLVC with 6-3 records.

USI takes a seven-game winning streak on the road after a very successful homestand that saw the Screaming Eagles go from 5-4 to 12-4 overall this season. The Eagles have steadily improved defensively dropping their opponent scoring average from 82.9 point per game in the first nine games to 73.9 point a contest over the last seven.

A pair of victories this week could propel the Eagles back into the NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25 after receiving consideration for the first time during the regular season this week.

Freshman guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) led the Eagles during the homestand with 13.4 ppg, including a career-high 26 points against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Saturday. Brunson, a candidate for the GLVC Freshman of the Year, is second on the team with an 11.5 ppg season average.

Brunson, who is averaging 14.7 ppg and 3.0 assists in the last six games, is not the only guard to have the hot hand lately for the Eagles. Junior guard David Ragland (Evansville, Indiana) is posting solid numbers since taking over at the point guard position. Ragland, with a 9.5 ppg season average, has averaged 12.0 ppg and 5.0 assists in the last six contests.

Senior forward/center Ronnie Griffin (Louisville, Kentucky), who has averaged 14.2 ppg and 8.1 rpg in the last 12 games, is the teamís season leader with 13.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Griffin also is leading the team in conference action with 15.9 ppg and 8.2 rpg.

The Rangers of UWP, 10-5 overall, have lost four of their last five after going 9-1 to start the year. One of those early nine victories came at the expense of the Eagles at the Physical Activities Center, 71-70.

While the Rangers are averaging just 68.3 points a contest, UWP has four players scoring in double figures. Senior guard Marlon Grice leads the way for the Rangers with 12.7 point, while junior guard/forward Quincey Moman is close behind with 12.4 ppg.

In the early UWP win at the PAC, Grice led four Rangers in double figures with 20 points. Senior guard Kevin Carp, who is averaging 10.1 ppg, followed Grice with 16 points, while Moman posted 11 points and freshman forward Nick Knuth added 10 more.

Griffin led the Eagles with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while forward Marlowe Currie added 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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