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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...

Midnight Madness kicks off the season

Midnight Madness kicks off the season

October 22, 2019

Midnight Madness kicked off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The Athletics Department faced the two teams off against each other in increasingly hilarious games and challenges. The stands were packed like sardines. Everyone walking between the seats and trying to find a place to sit had to c...

No superstitions in basketball

No superstitions in basketball

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

October 1, 2019

Rodney Watson, head coach of the men’s basketball team,  believes everyone has a superstition, although he doesn’t always have one. “Superstitions are kinda like throwing salt over your shoulder,” Rodney Watson, head coach for the men’s basketball team, said, “...I think it’s personal p...

PAC Comeback

PAC Comeback

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 12, 2019

Rodney Watson said the Senior Night game was something no one would be able to ever forget. “To win a game dramatically like that... no one will ever be able to forget, whether it was the players, the coaches, the fans,” the head men’s basketball coach said. “That kind of took place of the ...

High hopes for men’s basketball season

High hopes for men’s basketball season

Rachel Lowhorn, Sports Editor

September 17, 2018

As the Men’s Basketball team is preparing for the season, Rodney Watson begins his 9th year as head basketball coach. Coach Watson is 203-65 overall in his eight years with the team. Watson and the team constructed a 20 game winning streak making them 20-11 in the 2017 season. The Shield sits down ...

After tribulation comes triumph

After tribulation comes triumph

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

December 6, 2017

Before Aaron Nelson started donning the uniforms of professional basketball teams, he had much to overcome. The 26-year-old Chicago Heights native was blessed with his on-the-court skills, but parts of his life off the court have been far from blessed. Aside from personal issues he’s had to overc...

Hansen returns from suspension

Hansen returns from suspension

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

November 17, 2017

He’s back. Nate Hansen is finally back. The junior guard/forward has played in two games since being suspended for the first three games of the season for a “violation of team rules.” In those two games, USI (3-2) is 2-0 and has outscored its opponents 180-143. With Hansen sidelined, USI w...

Freshmen fitting into the formula

Freshmen fitting into the formula

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

November 8, 2017

In the most recent regular season game, the USI men’s basketball team played, an 88-75 win against Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday to conclude the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Ford Center, Alex Stein had a rough night. The junior shooting guard went 1-of-9 from the floor and neede...

The Sideline View: What happens when Hansen comes back?

The Sideline View: What happens when  Hansen comes back?

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

November 8, 2017

Nate Hansen is two-thirds of the way through his three-game suspension for a “violation of team rules,” and the team felt that during the regular season opener Friday night against Augustana University (2-0). In front of a subpar crowd (826 people) for the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame C...

‘His effort was incredible’

‘His effort was incredible’

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

October 26, 2017

Alex Stein has the lost art. The junior shooting guard can do something on the court other players can’t or don’t. He can nail a consistent mid-range jumper.

Rajala, Dickson aim to add range

Rajala, Dickson aim to add range

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

October 19, 2017

One of the advantages the University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team has over other Division II teams is the size of its forwards. Last seasons starters, Julius Rajala and DayJar “Day Day” Dickson are both 6-foot-9. They’re two of the three tallest players on the team. The two haven’...

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