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Eagles grounded by sharp shooting Knights

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team could not stop a second half offensive surge by fourth-ranked Bellarmine University and lost an 83-70 decision Monday evening at the Physical Activities Center. USI goes to 11-4 overall and 4-3 GLVC, while Bellarmine sees its record go to 14-2, 6-1 GLVC.

The Screaming Eagles had things going their way in the first half by hitting six-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc and led 35-33 at the intermission. Senior forward Austin Davis (Freeport, Illinois), who was a blistering four-of-five overall from the field in the opening 20 minutes, and sophomore guard Bobo Drummond (Peoria, Illinois) combined to hit four of USI's six three-point bombs with two each.

Davis also joined with senior guard Gavin Schumann (Cincinnati, Ohio) to lead the USI surge in the opening stanza with 10 points each. The Eagles led by as many as six points twice during the first half that featured five ties and eight lead chances.

The Eagles bounced out of the locker room to lead by five points twice in first four minutes of the final half. Bellarmine, however, would wipe USI's leads away with blistering shooting and a powerful inside game. The Knights took command of the game with a 26-10 run midway through the second half, hitting a red-hot nine-of-11 shots from the field, and built an 11-point lead, 63-52.

Bellarmine would extend the lead to as many as 16 points four times before settling on the 13-point, 83-70 win. The Knights, who dominated the lane by outscoring the Eagles, 44-14, also outrebounded USI in the game, 34-22, and in the second half, 18-10.

Individually for the Eagles, Schumann led four players in double-digits with 21 points. Davis would follow with a career-high 17 points, while Drummond and senior guard TeNale Roland (New Albany, Indiana) would round out the double-digit scorers with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

The Eagles continue their three-game homestand Thursday when they host the 22nd-ranked University of Wisconsin-Parkside for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Rangers saw their record go to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the GLVC after road win tonight at Lewis University, 69-65.

USI leads the all-time series with UW-Parkside, 28-9, despite losing last year's meeting, 82-71, in Somers, Wisconsin. The Eagles also have a 7-2 lead at the PAC since 2000, but the Rangers have won the last three regular season meetings with USI (one at the PAC and two in Somers).

Provided by USI Athletic Department

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