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January 17, 2002

USI repays UWP with 79-68 victory

University of Southern Indiana (13-4, 7-3 GLVC): 79
@University of Wisconsin-Parkside (10-6, 6-4 GLVC): 68

The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team paid the University of Wisconsin-Parkside back for a loss at the Physical Activities Center with a 79-68 win in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thursday night. The Screaming Eagles raise their record to 13-4 overall and 7-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while the Rangers fall to 10-6 overall, 6-4 GLVC.

After starting the year 5-4, the Eagles have won eight in a row and are just seven victories short of the magical 20-win mark for the 10th year in a row. USI has 11 regular season contests left after tonight.

USI jumped out to an early 13-2 lead before Rangers used a 16-4 run to take back the lead. UWP pushed the lead to 38-34 in the final minutes of the half when USI went on a 6-0 run, led by senior guard Matt Carter (Canellton, Indiana) who had five of the six points. The late run let USI go into halftime with the lead, 40-38.

The second half started the same way as the first half with the Eagles on a 9-0 run, but USI made the lead stand through the rest of the half. USI boosted the lead to as many as 13 points at 55-42 with just under 13 minutes to play.

The Rangers were able to get the USI lead down under double-digits a couple of times, but never made a serious run as the Eagles cruised to their 13th win of the season.

“We took care of the basketball and were very smart tonight,” said USI Head Coach Rick Herdes. “We got a little complacent defensively when we got the lead in the first half and stop guarding. (Quincey) Moman ended up with 30 points and we made him look like an All-American. But the key to basketball game was on the boards. I told the players before the game that you outrebound them, you beat them.” USI outrebound the Rangers 43-24 for the game.

“I was so proud of the team in the last five because of the way they took care of the ball,” continued Herdes. “We had to play smart, because if we didn’t they have the ability to make the three-pointers and make it a very long night.”

Freshman guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) led the Eagles for the second night in a row with 23 points. The GLVC Freshman of the Year candidate missed his first free throw of the game, ending his consecutive free throw streak at 21, but made his last seven to finish the game.

Brunson was followed by senior forward Ronnie Griffin (Evansville, Indiana) with 16 points sophomore forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois), 13 points and senior guard Wes Attebury (Evansville, Indiana), 10 points.

The next action for the Eagles will be Saturday, January 19, in Rensselaer, Indiana, when USI visits Saint Joseph’s College for a GLVC contest. Game time in Rensselaer is 3:15 p.m. The Eagles will return to the friendly confines of the PAC on Thursday, January 24, when Northern Kentucky University comes to Evansville for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information
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