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After tribulation comes triumph

Aaron Nelson receiving the GLVC Player of the Year award March 9, 2014 at the Ford Center after USI won the GLVC Tournament by defeating Bellarmine 86-73.

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

Nate Hansen (5), a junior guard and forward, signals for his teammates to get into position to run a play against Brescia University Tuesday in the PAC.

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...

Rajala, Dickson aim to add range

DayJar Dickson (23) goes up for a block as Julius Rajala (12) waits to collect the rebound against William Jewell Jan. 5, 2017.

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’...

Reunited on the West Side

Alex Stein (20, Nate Hansen (5) and Jacob Norman (2) all graduated from Reitz in 2015. After two years apart, they're all three playing on the same team this year for USI.

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

October 19, 2017

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

Junior guard Alex Stein handling the ball in the Screaming Eagles final game last season against the University of Findlay on March 11. USI lost 70-69 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Stein finished the game with 11 points.

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

September 26, 2017

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

Kyle Aiton bringing the ball up the court in a game against Ohio Valley University Dec. 16, 2016. Aiton finished the game with his career high of 19 points for the Screaming Eagles in the 103-48 win.

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

September 19, 2017

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 ...

Gant takes on court experience to the sideline

Kevin Gant, the newly appointed men’s basketball assistant coach, on the court during a game in 2011. Gant was a member of the team for three years until his graduation in 2012.

Sarah Loesch

August 25, 2015

Kevin Gant is ready to use his experience as an athlete at USI in his new role on the coaching staff. The new assistant men's basketball coach played for three years under head coach Rodney Watson and said since his graduation in 2012 he had looked into coaching but knew for a long time before that he ...

Focused Eagles beat Hawks

Sarah Loesch

February 6, 2015

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 ...

Teams learn from holiday games, hope to see more students court-side

Senior Autumn Miller fights for the ball in the Eagle's game against Rockhurst University over winter break.

Bradie Gray

January 20, 2015

While many students were binge-watching Netflix, catching up on sleep and preparing for another semester, the men’s and women’s basketball teams spent winter break putting in work on the court. The men played a total of four games over break, winning three. The Eagles entered the spring s...

Do the Eagles have what it takes? Men’s basketball needs winning streak if championship is in its future

Jerry McCartney

January 20, 2015

The USI men’s basketball team has performed well up to this point. With an overall record of 11-4 and a 4-3 record in the GLVC, I wonder how the rest of the season will play out. The Eagles started the season looking to be contenders in the NCAA Division II Tournament, but have since dropped...

Fall Festival gives exposure to basketball teams

Sarah Loesch

October 7, 2014

A tradition started in 2003 by former Men's Head Basketball Coach Rick Herdes has stayed strong throughout the years. Every year, the USI basketball teams are introduced on the main stage at the Fall Festival for all attendees to see. When current Men's Head Basketball Coach Rodney Watson took over i...

USI Men’s Basketball adds Happe to mix

Bradie Gray

September 11, 2014

On Aug. 26, the Men’s Basketball Team announced the hiring of Clinton Happe as its new graduate assistant to replace Blake Woodard. Woodard is now at Millikin University in Illinois, where he has accepted an assistant coaching position for the Division III basketball team. Happe, a former McKendre...

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