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January 18, 2002

Eagles look to continue streaks in Rensselaer

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team hopes to continue a pair of winning streaks when it invades the Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Screaming Eagles extended the seasonís longest winning streak to eight games with a 79-68 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday. USI, which started the year 5-4, improved to 13-4 overall and 7-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Eagles, who have four GLVC wins during the eight-game winning streak, are tied for third in the GLVC with Lewis University and are a half-game behind second place Northern Kentucky University.

The second streak the Eagles hope to extend is their 11-game winning streak against Saint Josephís College. USI swept the season series with SJC last season, winning three times. The Eagles defeated the Pumas at the Physical Activities Center, 80-71 at SJC, 109-83 and in the GLVC Tournament, 91-88.

The Pumas, who were picked to be in the middle of the GLVC, have gone through the first half of the conference schedule without a win. They are 0-10 in the GLVC and 3-13 overall after falling Thursday to Kentucky Wesleyan College, 94-68.

The Eagles will be led into the afternoon match-up with SJC by the hot hands of senior forward/center Ronnie Griffin (Louisville, Kentucky) and freshman guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana). Griffin, who leads the Eagles with 13.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 17 games, is averaging 18.8 ppg in the last five games. Brunson, the GLVC Freshman of the Year candidate who has led the Eagles in scoring the past two games, is scoring at a 15.9 clip in the last seven games.

Brunson follows Griffin in the season scoring average with 12.2 ppg, while sophomore forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) is second in rebounding with 5.8 per contest.

Senior forward Brent Mason, with 15.7 ppg, leads the Pumas. Mason averaged 17.0 ppg in three contests against the Eagles a year ago. Sophomore center Corey Seegers follows Mason, in scoring, with 11.6 ppg.

The games can heard live on WGBF 1280AM, beginning at 3 p.m.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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