KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball snapped its three-game losing streak with a tough 70-62 road victory at Rockhurst University Thursday evening in Kansas City, Missouri. USI goes to 10-4 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC, while Rockhurst is 8-6, 4-2 GLVC.
The Eagles and the Hawks traded runs and lead through the first 12 minutes of the first half before USI took control and built an 11-point halftime lead, 37-26. USI, whose 33-14, the 19-point lead was the largest of the half and the game, outscored Rockhurst, 22-10, in the last eight minutes of the first stanza by shooting 60 percent from the field (9-15).
Junior guard Mateo Rivera led the Eagles during the first half with seven points as eight of 10 Eagles recorded buckets in the first half.
The second half began with USI junior forward Josh Price taking control of the Eagles’ offense by scoring the squad’s first seven points of the half. Price’s free throw to start the second half put the Eagles up 12 points, 38-26 before the Hawks began to whittle away at the USI advantage.
Rockhurst battled back to shrink the margin to four points, 46-42, with 13:58 to play. USI senior guard Darnell Butler pushed the margin back to seven, 49-42, with a big three-point field goal as the Eagles would maintain a five-to-seven point lead until 8:02 left when the Hawks cut the lead to three, 54-51.
The Eagles’ would hold off the Hawks through the final eight minutes, getting big defensive stands in each of the five times that Rockhurst pulled to within three before USI could close out the 70-62 final.
As a team, USI also snapped a three-game losing streak on the glass with a 44-35 advantage in the win. The Eagles also shot 45.9 percent from the field (28-61), while holding the Hawks to 37.5 percent (24-64) from outside.
Price and junior forward Emmanuel Little led the way for the Eagles in the scoring column with 17 points and 13 points, respectively. Price was a blistering six-of-seven from the field and five-of-seven at the stripe. Little also tied for the team-lead with Rivera by grabbing seven rebounds.
USI concludes its two-match road swing with a visit to William Jewell College Saturday at 3 p.m. William Jewell watched its marks to 6-8, 1-5 GLVC, following a loss at home to McKendree University, 73-70.
The Eagles also lead the series with William Jewell, 6-1, after defeating the Cardinals, 98-79, and holds the advantage in road games, 4-1.