Eagles close out GLVC weekend with 11-point win

Eagles close out GLVC weekend with 11-point win

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)

The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team closed out its opening weekend in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 75-64 win over Rockhurst University Sunday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center. USI goes to 9-1 overall and 2-0 GLVC, while Rockhurst sees its record go to 4-7, 0-3 GLVC.
 
The opening half was a tug of war between the Screaming Eagles and the Hawk, producing five lead changes and four ties before USI scored the final seven points of the first stanza to go into the locker room leading 38-33. USI senior guard Gavin Schumann (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the charge in the first half, scoring five of the final seven points and 14 points overall.
 
Rockhurst hung with the Eagles in the opening 20 minutes by shooting 56 percent (14-25) and 50 percent from long range (3-6). USI controlled the glass, 17-13, and forced six Hawk turnovers.
 
The Eagles continued the first half run into the second half, extending it to 13-0, and pushed the margin to 12 points, 47-35, on back-to-back-to-back three-point bombs by Schumann, senior forward Austin Davis (Freeport, Illinois), and sophomore guard Bobo Drummond (Peoria, Illinois). The run also would propel the USI lead to as many as 18 points, 60-42, with 9:16 left to play.
 
Rockhurst would chip away at the USI margin, closing to within nine points, 71-62, with 55 seconds left. USI, however, would shut the door in the final minute when Schumann outscored Rockhurst, 4-2, on a bucket and two free throws to preserve the 75-64 win.
 
Schumann would finish the contest with a game-high 29 points and led three Eagles in double digits. The senior guard, who just missed his third 30-point game of the year, was 11-of-18 from the field, three-of-six from long range, and four-of-six from the charity stripe. He also grabbed six rebounds.
 
Senior guard TeNale Roland (New Albany, Indiana), who had a team-high eight rebounds and tied for the team lead with five assists, followed Schumann in the scoring column with 12 points. Davis would round out the double-digit scorers with 10 points, hitting three-of-three from beyond the three-point arc and one free throw.
 
USI begins its longest road trip of the year January 8 when it travels to 19th-ranked Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, to start a four-game set of games away from the PAC. The Eagles conclude the first half of the road swing January 10 when they visit Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri.
 
The four-game road swing also includes a visit to Saint Joseph's College on January 15 in Rensselaer, Indiana, and seventh-ranked University of Indianapolis on January 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Provided by USI Sports Information Department