Southern Indiana Athletics

QUINCY, Ill. – Sixth-ranked Southern Indiana won a wild, back-and-forth game at Quincy 80-68 on Saturday afternoon.

USI, which has won 10 consecutive games, improved to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, while Quincy fell to 10-5 (3-4 GLVC). The victory also broke USI’s four-game losing streak at Pepsi Arena. The Screaming Eagles also remained perfect away from home this year by moving to 6-0 on road.

A wild first half ended with the Eagles leading 39-37. USI started the game by building an 18-4 lead after hitting eight of its first 10 shots. The Hawks flew back into the game with a 24-8 run and took a 28-26 lead with 5:47 remaining in the opening half. During the surge, the Hawks hit 7-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.

The final five minutes of the first half saw four lead changes before the Eagles went into the locker room with the lead when senior guard Kevin Gant gave USI a two-point advantage with two seconds to play.

Quincy seized the momentum early in the second half with a 15-5 run to lead 52-44 with 15:23 to play. USI climbed back into the contest with a 12-5 run to close the deficit to 57-56 with just under 10 minutes to play.

Junior guard Brandon Hogg tied the game at 62-62 with a lay-up before Ntumba gave the Eagles back the lead with a pair of free throws with just over six minutes to play. Those four points were the start of a 20-6 run to the final score.

Individually, Trotter led four players in double figures with 22 points. He was 7-of-13 from the field including four 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Ntumba followed Trotter in the scoring column with 17 points and a team-best nine rebounds, while Gant and junior forward Isaac McClure rounded out the top scorers with 16 points and 13 points, respectively. McClure also grabbed eight rebounds.