No. 15 Southern Indiana overwhelms fifth-ranked Indianapolis 69-55
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- No. 15 Southern Indiana soared to a 69-55 upset of fifth-ranked Indianapolis on Saturday. USI improved to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while UIndy moved to 12-2 overall, 4-2 GLVC.
The victory gave USI a sweep of the two-game homestand and moved the Screaming Eagles to a perfect 10-0 at home this season.
The Eagles hit the first bucket of the game and never trailed in the contest after a trio of ties in the first five minutes. USI used a 9-2 run to separate itself from UIndy and led 15-8 with 11:59 left before halftime.
UIndy cut the lead to four points twice before USI went on a second 9-2 run to post its largest lead of the half at 33-22 with 2:49 remaining in the first. The Eagles and the Greyhounds traded a pair of baskets as the clock ticked down in the opening half before USI took a 35-27 lead into the intermission.
The USI defense took over to begin the second half, holding UIndy scoreless for 4:30 and propelling the Eagles to their largest lead of the game, leading by 15 points 42-27. The Eagles saw the 15-point leading shrink to eight points four times before ending the game with a 69-55 victory.
Overall, USI made the most of its opportunities, shooting 41.2 percent from the field (21-51) and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe (21-27). The Eagles also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Greyhounds 45-32.
Individually, USI was led by the team-high, 19-point effort of junior forward Orlando Rutledge. Rutledge was followed by junior forward Aaron Nelson, senior guard Kenyon Smith, and junior forward Taylor Wischmeier with 10 points each.
Nelson recorded his second double-double in a row and his fourth of the season by grabbing 10 defensive boards. Smith followed with a season-high eight rebounds, tying with senior center Keith DeWitt for second on the team.