SPRINGFIELD, MO (WFIE) - 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.