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Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Coach Rodney Watson celebrates his 232 career win at USI after defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 82-63 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. Watson announced his retirement Monday.

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

The USI Men’s basketball team celebrates after taking the lead during a timeout against Kentucky Wesleyan College Monday night at the Screaming Eagles 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...

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...

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