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Eagles' comeback bid falls short; lose to Saints in OT

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team saw its attempt to tie its largest comeback of the season fall short as it lost to Maryville University, 72-71, in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at the Physical Activities Center. USI, the sixth seed in the conference tournament, sees its record go to 19-8 overall, while Maryville, the GLVC's 11th seed, advances with a 12-16 mark.
 
The Screaming Eagles struggled out of the gate to begin game, hitting only four of its first 17 shots (23.5 percent) and found themselves down 13 points, twice in the opening 20 minutes. USI chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to seven, 31-24, before going into the locker room down, 38-26, at the intermission.
 
USI rallied to tie the score in the opening minutes of the second half, 43-43, with 14:57 left on a 17-5 run. The Eagles were a blistering six-of-seven from the field to start the second stanza, led by the eight point effort of senior guard Gavin Schumann (Cincinnati, Ohio).
 
USI and Maryville would battle back and forth the rest of the way through the second half, registering six ties and eight lead chances in the final 15 minutes. USI senior guard TeNale Roland (New Albany, Indiana) kept the Eagles on pace with the Saints in the second half, scoring 15 of his game-high 29 points in the final 15 minutes of regulation. The 29 points also were a season-high for Roland. 
 
Roland gave the Eagles a two-point advantage with nine seconds to play, 66-64, but the Saints got the equalizer off a rebound by sophomore guard Damyan Stoyanov with two ticks left to send the contest to overtime.
 
The overtime was just as close as the second half with USI and Maryville combining for six lead changes and a pair ties in the final five minutes. Roland gave USI its final lead, 71-70, with 47 seconds left, but Maryville's freshman guard Saikou Jallow got the game winner with 38 seconds remaining as the Saints would hold the Eagles off for the win.  

In addition to Roland's 29 points, USI had double-digit scoring efforts from Schumann and senior forward Austin Davis (Freeport, Illinois). Schumann posted 16 points, 13 coming in the second half, while Davis dropped in 11 points. 
 
The Eagles, who exit the GLVC Tournament in the first round for the first time since 2006, will have to wait to see if their post-season is extended into the NCAA Division II Tournament on March 8 when the Midwest Regional pairings are announced. USI, which was ranked sixth in the last Midwest Region poll, could receive an at-large bid into the NCAA II Tournament for the fifth-straight year.  
 
The Midwest Regional is slated for March 14-17 and will be hosted by the number one seed. 

Provided by USI Sports Information Department

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