No. 7 USI breezes by Mo.-St. Louis
Eagles lead by as many as 33 points late in second period
Southern Indiana Athletics
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Seventh-ranked Southern Indiana reached the 20-win plateau for the 19th time in 21 seasons after defeating Missouri-St. Louis 79-50 on Sunday afternoon. USI, which has won four in a row, raises its record to 20-2 overall and 12-2 in the GLVC, while UMSL falls to 14-8, 8-6 GLVC.
The 20 wins also mark the first step toward a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Only twice in the last 21 years has USI won 20-or-more games and not received an invitation to the NCAA postseason tournament. With four games remaining in the GLVC and regular-season schedule, the Screaming Eagles remain two-games in back of second-ranked and East Division front-running Bellarmine, and a game-ahead of 24th-ranked and third place Northern Kentucky.
The Eagles soared out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and led from start to finish. They led by as many as 11 points twice during the first 20 minutes before going into the locker room with a nine-point advantage at the intermission 35-26.
USI quickly doubled the margin in the first 10 minutes after halftime and went on to lead by as many as 33 points twice in the final minutes.
Individually, senior guard C.J. Trotter led the Eagles with a game-high 26 points. Trotter hit 10 of 17 from the field, including a trio of 3-point field goals, and was perfect on three trips to the charity stripe.
Junior forward Isaac McClure followed Trotter in the scoring column with 13 points. McClure was 2 of 3 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line.
As a team, USI outrebounded UMSL 39-22 and held the Tritons to just 39.1 percent from the field (18 of 46).