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February 01, 2002

Eagles looking for payback as Missouri-St. Louis enters PAC

The University of Southern Indiana menís basketball team will be looking for a little payback this Saturday, February 2, when the University of Missouri-St. Louis enters the Physical Activities Center. The Rivermen handed the Screaming Eagles a 69-53 loss back in November, marking USIís worst scoring output since loosing 68-53 to Lewis University back on December 20, 1986.

USI was held to 37.5 percent shooting in that game while UMSL shot 54.5 percent from the floor in the first meeting. The Eagles also turned the ball over 22 times while recording just seven assists.

However, the Eagles have won 11 of their last 12 games and enter Saturdayís homecoming contest with a 16-5 overall record (9-4 in the Great Lake Valley Conference) while the Rivermen have dropped 11 of their last 15 games and enter the PAC with a 7-11 overall record (3-10 GLVC).

During the 12-game stretch, freshman guard Cris Brunson (Evansville, Indiana) and senior forward/center Ronnie Griffin (Louisville, Kentucky) have led the Eagle scoring attack. Brunson has averaged 15.6 points and has connected on 46-of-50 free throws while Griffin has dished in 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) is contributing 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in USIís last 12 games. As a team, USI is averaging 97.7 points and holding its opponents to 77.7 points during the 12-game stretch.

For the season, Griffin leads the Eagles with 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Brunson is adding 13.2 points and is 69-of-78 from the charity stripe. Harris is averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.

USI is also getting a big boost from its big man, senior center Kevin Robinson (Largo, Maryland). Since returning to the Eagles at the break, Robinson is averaging 10.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per games.

Leading the way for the Rivermen is senior guard Deryn Carter and senior center Scott Kassel. Carter is averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game while Kassel is adding 13.6 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds per contest.

Saturdayís homecoming contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. There will also be an Alumni game at 3 p.m. at the PAC.

Dan McDonnell,
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