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Eagles go cold in second half, fall at Drury


The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team's offense went cold in the second half as it stumbled at Drury University, 80-59, Thursday evening in Springfield, Missouri. USI goes to 9-2 overall and 2-1 GLVC, while Drury sees its record go to 9-3, 3-1 GLVC.

The Screaming Eagles spotted the Panthers a 4-0 lead to start the game, but then got the offense rolling behind the hot hand of senior guard TeNale Roland (New Albany, Indiana). Roland was four-of-four from beyond the three-point arc as the Eagles built a 17-13 lead with 13:54 remaining in the opening half.

USI would increase the lead to as many as six points, 25-19, at the 7:05 mark of the opening 20 minutes. Drury, however, would rally in the last five minutes before halftime, going on a 12-4 run to lead, 35-32, at the intermission.

In the second half, the Panthers' offense ignited, while the Eagles' sputtered. Drury took command of the contest in the first five minutes after halftime, going on a 16-5 run by hitting six-of-eight from the field. USI, on the other hand, was only able to manage a pair of buckets out of its eight shots to start the final half.

Drury, overall in the second half, was a blistering 70.8 percent from the field (17-24), 70 percent from long range (7-10), and perfect in four trips to the charity stripe. USI, during the final 20 minutes, slumped to 35.7 percent from the field (10-28), 23.1 percent from long range (3-13), and 57.1 percent from the line (4-7). The Eagles also were outrebounded overall for just the second time this season, losing the battle on the glass, 30-25.

Individually, Roland and senior forward Austin Davis (Freeport, Illinois) were the only Eagles to score in double-digits. Roland finished with a team-high 17 points, adding five second half points to his 12 in the first half, while Davis posted double-digits for the second game in a row with 10 points.

USI continues the first half of its four-game road swing Saturday when it visits Missouri University of Science &Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Missouri S&T saw its record go to 8-4 overall and 1-3 in the GLVC after falling sixth-ranked Bellarmine University, 81-62.

Provided by USI Athletic Communications

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