The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team opened its Great Lakes Valley Conference title defense with a decisive 86-48 victory over William Jewell College Friday night at the Physical Activities Center. USI, which has opened GLVC play with a win each of the last 10 seasons, goes to 8-1 overall and 1-0 GLVC, while William Jewell sees its record go to 5-5, 1-1 GLVC.
The Screaming Eagles led the contest from start to finish building a 25 lead by halftime, 46-21. USI was a red hot 17-of-27 from the field in the opening half, six-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc, while holding the Cardinals to eight-of-30 (26.7 percent) and one-of-nine from long range.
In the second half, USI continued to dominate and extended the lead to 40 points twice before settling for the 38-point, 86-48 win. The Eagles cooled a little in the final half, hitting 18-of-33 from the field and four-of-nine from three-point range.
USI had a balanced attack in the victory with all 10 players in the box score contributing points. Senior guard Gavin Schumann (Cincinnati, Ohio) and TeNale Roland (New Albany, Indiana) led the way for the Eagles with 16 points each, while freshman guard/forward Brett Benning (Davis, Illinois) rounded out the double-digit scorers with a season-high 11 points.
Roland also posted his first double-double of the season with a game-high 10 assists. The double-double with points and assists is the first by an Eagle since November 21, 2006, when Marty Wise recorded 10 points and dished 12 assists against Judson University.
USI concludes the first weekend of GLVC action Saturday when it hosts Rockhurst University at 3:15 p.m. The Hawks saw its record go to 4-6, 0-2 GLVC, after falling to sixth-ranked Bellarmine University, 73-56.
Following Sunday's conference match-up with Rockhurst, USI begins its longest road trip of the year January 8 when it travels to 19th-ranked Drury University to start a four-game set of games away from the PAC. The road swing also includes a visit to seventh-ranked University of Indianapolis on January 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Provided by USI Sports Information Department