EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)
The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team overcame a 13-point first half deficit to defeat Cedarville University, 87-81, in final round of the 2014 Bill Joergens Memorial Classic Saturday night at the Physical Activities Center. USI soars to 5-0 overall, while Cedarville sees its record go to 1-6.
The Screaming Eagles started slow in the first half, falling behind by 13 points, 26-13, 10 minutes into the contest. USI could not seem to get its shooting on track, hitting only five of its first 15 shots, or keep a handle on the basketball, committing 11 turnovers.
In the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza, the Eagles began to shack off the slow start and cut the deficit to five points, 41-37, by the intermission. USI outscored Cedarville 23-15 down the stretch of the first 20 minutes, hitting 50 percent from the field (9-18) and committing only two turnovers.
At the start of the second half, USI erased the remainder of the first half deficit in the first two minutes with a quick 6-0 spurt to take the lead, 43-41. The Eagles would continue to rally until they built a nine-point lead, 68-59, with 8:40 to play.
The Yellow Jackets would not go quietly as they narrowed the Eagles lead to two points, 73-71, with 5:41 to play. USI would quickly nudge the lead back to nine points, 82-73, with 1:50 left before settling for the six-point, 87-81 win.
Individually, senior guard Gavin Schumann (Cincinnati, Ohio) led six Eagles in double-figures with 24 points. Schumann was followed by junior guard Bobo Drummond (Peoria, Illinois), who dropped in 15 points, and senior guard TeNale Roland (Louisville, Kentucky), who recorded 14 points.
Junior forward George Edwards (Chicago, Illinois) was not able to complete his fifth-straight double-double, but hit for double-figures in the scoring column with 11 points. Senior forward Austin Davis (Freeport, Illinois) and junior forward Shane Seniour (Newburgh, Indiana) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points each.
Seniour also recorded his first double-double as an Eagle by grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Schuman and Davis followed Seniour in the rebound column with eight boards each.
In the opening game of Saturday's half of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic, fifth-ranked Bellamine University defeated Indiana University East, 100-83.
USI will be idle until December 12-13 when it travels to Louisville University to play in the Bellarmine Classic. The Eagles are slated to play sixth-ranked Florida Southern College on December 12 and Ohio Valley University on December 13. Tip-off both nights is scheduled for 4 p.m. (CST).
The next home game for USI is December 16 when it hosts Salem International University for a 7 p.m. contest.