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High hopes for men’s basketball season

High hopes for men’s basketball season

Rachel Lowhorn, Sports Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Columns, Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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’...

Reunited on the West Side

Reunited on the West Side

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

Five miles and a 13-minute drive are all that separate the campuses of Reitz High School and the University of Southern Indiana. That short distance is how far from USI Alex Stein, Jacob Norman and Nate Hansen played high school basketball. At Reitz, while seniors, they played on an up-tempo team...

Stein receives preseason honor

Stein receives preseason honor

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

September 26, 2017


Filed under Sports

Stein is the first USI player to receive preseason honors since Jamar Smith in the 2009-10 season and only the 10th Screaming Eagle overall.

Love of the game

Love of the game

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

September 19, 2017


Filed under Sports

Kyle Aiton still loves basketball, even though he left the USI men’s team with a year of eligibility still on the table. However, he doesn’t love everything that goes into being a college basketball player. From the offseason workouts to the early morning and afternoon shootarounds sandwiched ...

‘Fearless’ Drummond, big crowd lead Eagles to win

Sarah Loesch

February 8, 2015


Filed under Sports

The men's basketball team came back from a 10-point deficit in the first half to beat Truman State University 81-70 Saturday at home. USI and Truman State traded control of the lead for the start of the second half, but with 9:39 left to play the Eagles took the lead for good off of a three pointer...

Focused Eagles beat Hawks

Sarah Loesch

February 6, 2015


Filed under Sports

The men's basketball team beat Quincy University Thursday night 68-62. Quincy held strong in the first half, at one point leading by five, until there was about eight and a half minutes left to play, at which time the Eagles started building a lead. The Eagles took control of the lead with 7:16 left ...

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