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Screaming Eagles get set for first conference road trip


University of Southern Indiana Men's Basketball opens 2016-17 Great Lakes Valley Conference action this weekend when it visits McKendree University Thursday and the University of Illinois Springfield Saturday. Tip off at McKendree is set for 7:30 p.m., while the start time at Illinois Springfield is slated for 3 p.m.

Game coverage for the GLVC games, including live stats, video stream, and audio broadcasts, is available at The games also can be heard on WEOA 98.5FM/1400AM and 95.7FM The Spin.

USI Men's Basketball vs. Week 4 Quick Notes:

  • Away from the PAC to start the year. After the GLVC road games this weekend, USI's six games away from the Physical Activities Center to start a campaign are the most in program history. The longest road trips to start the year were three-game trips by the 1997-98, 1998-99, 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2008-09 teams that traveled to the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, Florida.
  • USI is 2-0 in inaugural SCB Hall of Fame Classic. The University of Southern Indiana went 2-0 in the inaugural Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Ford Center. USI defeated Florida Southern College, 108-94, and Kentucky Wesleyan College, 85-81.
  • Leaders vs. FSC and KWC.­  Senior guard Jeril Taylor (Louisville, Kentucky) led the Eagles with 30.5 points per game , while junior forward DayJar Dickson (Washington, D.C.) grabbed 7.0 rebounds per contest.
  • Taylor named GLVC Player of the Week. Senior guard Jeril Taylor was named the GLVC Player of the Week after posting 30.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Taylor has reached 30-or-more points four times in his career at USI.
  • Back-to-Back GLVC Player of the Weeks. The GLVC Player of the Week awards for senior guard Jeril Taylor and sophomore guard Alex Stein are the first back-to-back awards for the Eagles since 2008-09. Jamar Smith won it twice in a row in February 2009, while Marvin Gray and Brandon Russ won it in back-to-back weeks in November of 2008.
  • Dickson grabs double-digit rebounds vs. FSC. Junior forward DayJar Dickson was the first Eagle to grab double-digits in rebounds this season, pulling down 10 versus FSC.
  • Season leaders.  leads the Eagles in scoring this season with 23.5 points per game, followed by senior guard Alex SteinSophomore guard Jeril Taylor  with 22.0 points per game. Junior forward Julius Rajala rounds out the double-digit scorers with 18.5 point per contest. Rajala also leads USI on the boards with 6.5 rebounds per outing.
  • McKendree vs. USI. The all-time series between USI and McKendree University is knotted up at 7-7 with the Eagles sweeping last year's series and winning four of the last five meetings since the Bearcats joined the GLVC in 2012-13.
  • McKendree in 2016-17.   The Bearcats of McKendree start GLVC play with a 2-2 overall record, splitting four home games to begin the year.
  • USI vs. McKendree in 2015-16. USI swept last season's conference series, winning 89-61 at the PAC and 101-89 at McKendree.
  • Illinois Springfield vs. USI. USI leads the all-time series with the University of Illinois Springfield, 8-3, and has won three of four since the Prairie Stars joined the GLVC in 2013-14.
  • Illinois Springfield in 2016-17.   The Prairie Stars of Illinois Springfield have started the year with a 3-2 record, going 3-1 at home over the last four games.
  • USI vs.  USI and Illinois Springfield split last year's conference series. The Eagles won at the PAC, 85-64, while the Stars won in Springfield, Illinois, 86-81.Illinois Springfield in 2015-16.

Courtesy: USI Sports Information Department 

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