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Basketball player arrested for drunk driving

Basketball player arrested for drunk driving

Nik Cunningham and Riley Guerzini

December 4, 2019

Junior Forward Justin Carpenter was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail Sunday morning and is facing DUI charges according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department. He has since been released on a $250 bond.  "University of Southern Indiana and USI Athletics take thes...

A different side of sports

A different side of sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

There are all sports at USI and only two people manage all of them, Ray Simmons and Dan McDonnell.  Together, they make graphics, write press releases, attend travel games, manage the USI athletics website and much more. “There's a lot of 15 hour days,” Simmons said. “The average workweek right no...

Versatility guides Eagles to 5-0 start

Versatility guides Eagles to 5-0 start

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 26, 2019

The Men’s basketball team is currently undefeated at 5-0. The Screaming Eagles offense has been firing on all cylinders, scoring a total of 459 points in those five games, an average of 92 points per game. Junior Forward Emmanuel Little leads the Eagles in scoring with 21 points per game. Little has...

The first home game ends with a bang

The first home game ends with a bang

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 20, 2019

The first home game of the basketball season was Wednesday, Nov. 13 and the energy from both of the women’s basketball teams: the Eagles and the Jennies, were tangible. Several times the ball was just a blur and the crowd roared their approval with every shot scored. Within the first five min...

Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

Rodney Watson said that one day he might be able to look back and be proud of his accomplishment but Tuesday wasn’t that day. The Men’s basketball head coach, is now USI’s winningest coach in the school’s history at 232 wins and only 74 losses, passing former coach Bruce Pearl who held that honor since 2001. Watson has been th...

Eagles defeat rival Kentucky Wesleyan in first home game in new Arena

Eagles defeat rival Kentucky Wesleyan in first home game in new Arena

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

The stands in the arena filled in a matter of minutes once the doors opened. The student section was filled to the brim as Archie the Eagle was running around and giving high fives. It was more than just a game, it was the Battle of the Bridge.  The announcer was barely audible over the roar of the...

Stein one step closer to NBA dream after making G-League roster

Stein one step closer to NBA dream after making G-League roster

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

Alex Stein, a former USI basketball player, never thought he would get to the NBA, despite it being his dream. Stein was drafted No. 12 overall by the Canton Charge in the NBA G-League draft. “I’ve always dreamed of playing professional basketball but I didn’t know at what level,” Ste...

Season ticket prices have increased for the new arena

Season ticket prices have increased for the new arena

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

With a new arena comes the challenge of finding the perfect seat to watch the Screaming Eagles battle their opponents. For those that have always had the same seats, game in and game out, the challenge becomes even harder and with a price increase, but the Athletics Department has a game plan. “...

Eagles look to keep rivalry alive in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ matchup with Kentucky Wesleyan

Eagles look to keep rivalry alive in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ matchup with Kentucky Wesleyan

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

With the annual Battle of the Bridge game coming up on Nov. 18th, the rivalry game against Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is thicker than ever. The historical basketball game has kicked off every basketball season since 1975.  “There are very few rivalries in college basketball and this is one of the be...

New arena open for first full season

New arena open for first full season

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

Screaming Eagles fans are excited for the new basketball season because this is the first season that all the home games will be held at the new arena. The Screaming Eagles arena will host its first basketball game Nov. 13 after opening in the spring of 2019.  “From a basketball coach’s viewpoint, th...

Fond memories of a bad game

Fond memories of a bad game

October 29, 2019

The Screaming Eagles men’s basketball team fell to the University of Evansville Aces Oct. 28, 68-71. Brent Owen, the assistant coach to the men’s basketball team, said the main problem the Eagles had was the amount of turnovers they committed. “Twenty-six turnovers is the start of the pro...

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