Eagles visit Indiana State Saturday


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball makes its first-ever visit to Indiana State University Saturday when the Screaming Eagles take on the Sycamores in Terre Haute, Indiana. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. (CT).

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USI, which is 2-8, is looking for a way to get on track and build momentum in the final three games of the non-conference slate. The Eagles lost the handle on a 12-point first half lead and closed out a three-game homestand with a 70-57 loss to Purdue University Fort Wayne Wednesday. The Eagles, who led by as many as 12 points three times in the opening half, was paced by junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez with 14 points. Sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith and sophomore forward Kiyron Powell followed with 12 points and 10 points, respectively.
Smith and Powell also posted double-doubles with 15 rebounds and 12 rebounds, individually. Smith has posted four double-doubles this season, while Powell has recorded a double-double in each of the last two games.
Hernandez and Smith lead USI in scoring this season with 12.8 points and 10.6 points per game. Hernandez has reached double-digit scoring in each of the last four games and seven of the last eight.
The Sycamores are red hot to start the season, posting a 7-1 overall mark and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois University, 77-48, and Bradley University, 85-77, to start Valley play.
USI won the first meeting between the two programs last season at Screaming Eagles Arena, defeating the Sycamores in overtime, 88-85.